Senators Lose 6-5 to Maple Leafs

Check out the highlights

http://video.thescore.com/watch/tor-6-ott-5

It looked like it was going to be exactly the same as last night.  The Senators fell behind 4-0 and were giving the puck up on a consistent basis.  The Leafs weren’t winning the game because of their play, the Senators were losing it because of  theirs.  Constant penalties, passive play and defensive miscues littered the ice for the Senators and it looked like the Battle of Ontario was going to be a one-sided affair.  Much like this hit on Stephane Da Costa by Dion Phaneuf.

http://video.thescore.com/watch/dion-phaneuf-massive-hit

Cue the third period.  Craig Anderson was pulled in favour of Alex Auld to start the frame.  Then, the Senators ruined James Reimer’s shutout bid at 1:42 when Colin Greening put one by him to reduce the lead to 3.  Colton Orr restored the 4 goal lead just over a minute later and it seemed as though the night was over.  Not so fast.  The Senators would score 3 straight goals, 1 shorthanded and 2 on the power-play, to bring the game within 1, and ladies and gentlemen, we had some excitement. 

Phil Kessel would complete his hat-trick at 17:41, on yet another amazing shot, and gave the Buds some breathing room.  But with less than 2 minutes left, Stephane Da Costa scored his first NHL goal on a back and forth with Erik Karlsson and the lead was down to 1 once again.  Unfortunately, for Sens fans, the comeback fell short, as the Leafs were able to keep the puck away from their zone and snuck out with a 6-5 win.

In 2 games so far this season, the Senators have shown they can play intensely & offensively-minded when they concentrate.  Unfortunately, this concentration hasn’t been apparent until after they have played 2 periods of defensively flawed hockey.  If they are unable to rid themselves of these bad habits, they will continue to have to come from behind, something you can’t do on a nightly basis in the NHL.  Obviously, this is a message that Paul MacLean and the rest of the coaching staff will be working on sending in the coming days.

Paul MacLean (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=164e3b388d52942759ba9882dbf630257e772d7343d00d55b

Paul MacLean, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson & Chris Neil (video)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=126853

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