Sens Lose 3-2 to Capitals

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How many minutes does it take to lose a hockey game?

The answer for this particular one was 7.

The Capitals scored 3 goals in 7 minutes to start the 2nd period and rode them all the way to their first win in 9 games.  Mathieu Perreault scored twice, while Eric Fehr added the other.  The curse of the HBO cameras is OVER. 

The Senators had the lead after the 1st, with Ryan Shannon and Chris Kelly scoring the goals.  The second period, however, would be filled with turnovers, poor passing and bad penalties.  Filip Kuba’s bad pass at the Caps blue line allowed the opposition to attack Sergei Gonchar, steal the puck and score a goal.  Chris Phillips would follow that up by allowing Alex Ovechkin to steal the puck and feed Eric Fehr, who slipped it by Elliott and tie the game at 2.  Then, after Milan Michalek took the 2nd of 3 penalties he’d have on the night, Mathieu Perreault scored his 2nd of the game while standing at the side of the net.

3-2 isn’t normally a bad loss.  A one goal game against a top tier team should bring feelings of encouragement rather than depression.  But when you have a struggling team down and leading by 2 goals after a dominant first period, you need to be able to close.  And the Senators didn’t.  Instead, they got back on their heels and provided the Caps opportunity after opportunity to strike back.  The Sens beat themselves tonight and that’s why this loss feels much worse than it actually should. 

Here’s Chris Neil voicing his frustrations and summing up the performance of the team.

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Also, here are the Caps and their reaction to finally winning in 9 tries.

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Bruce Boudreau’s full post-game scrum


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