Sens Lose 7-1

The Senators made the trip to Carolina this afternoon after an extremely emotional “Celebration of Life” service for the 14-year old daughter of assistant coach Luke Richardson.  While it wasn’t the most ideal scenario, travelling back to Ottawa to attend the service was a decision that the team felt was necessary in order to show their support.  In most eyes, the Senators would not be faulted if they didn’t perform well after experiencing such an emotionally draining day, and unfortunately from the moment the puck dropped, the Sens were back on their heels.

Tim Gleason opened the scoring when he joined the rush and shot one past Brian Elliott.  Then, on 2 separate powerplays, Eric Staal would score his 7th and 8th of the season to put the Canes up 3.  Finally, Chad LaRose scored on a rebound while the entire Senators team seemed to be standing around and the Canes led 4-0 after 1.  It was abundantly clear that the Sens didn’t have their heads in this game.

The 2 teams played out the 2nd and 3rd periods, with Eric Staal completing the hat-trick along the way, and the Canes went on to a 7-1 win.  Eric Staal had 5 points (3 goals & 2 assists) & Chad LaRose had 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) while Daniel Alfredsson scored on the PP for the Sens.

The Senators will hope to regroup in St. Louis as they take on the Blues Friday night.  As they say, “time heals all wounds.”

Cory Clouston

Clouston & Alfredsson video


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