Sens Lose 2-1

The Senators certainly began the game applying what they learned in Thursday’s practice.  The Sens shot an incredible 21 pucks at Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period, with one of them getting by the Pens goaltender off the stick of Jesse Winchester.  The line shakeups seemed to be working as the combination of Nick Foligno, Chris Kelly and Chris Neil were dominating the offensive zone.

The second period continued much of the same way until, after taking a hit from behind by Matt Cooke, Erik Karlsson took an interference penalty.  On that power-play, Pascal Leclaire would make 2 beautiful glove saves before a scramble in front would not allow him to stop an Evgeni Malkin shot, tying the game at 1.  Leclaire would more than make up for it throughout the remainder of the period, making numerous big stops, some of which were without his stick.

Then in the 3rd, Chris Kelly would be called for hooking AND holding on the same play, putting the Senators down a man for 4:00 to start the period. Alex Goligoski made them pay as he shelved one on Leclaire with a nice wrist shot and the Pens took a 2-1 lead.  On the play, Mike Fisher felt he was interfered with and that a penalty should’ve been called.  Unfortunately for the Senators, there wasn’t, and the team was defeated for the 5th time in 6 games.

The Senators played a solid road game, but with the way the team has struggled as of late, a win is what they needed.  Another game where they were only able to muster 1 goal will certainly be on the mind of the coaches and players as they travel back home to take on the Leafs.  There is no doubt that another loss, especially one to their bitter rival, will spark the discussion of CHANGE in the nation’s capital.

Erik Karlsson

Mike Fisher

Cory Clouston

Jesse Winchester

Daniel Alfredsson

Pascal Leclaire

Chris Kelly

Video of Clouston, Alfredsson & Leclaire


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