Senators Lose 7-1 to Avalanche

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When the game began, it looked like 2 young teams suiting up against one another.  In fact, the Senators may have had the “so-called” advantage with the number of veterans they had in the lineup in comparison to their counterparts.  After about 10 minutes of play, it was obvious that this was not the case.  The Avalanche, coming off a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets last evening, were firing on all cylinders and thoroughly dominating play.  While the Senators may have scored first goal of the game on the power-play, the Avalanche quickly responded with one of their own to tie the game.  Then, 1:21 later, a horrible turnover by Erik Karlsson led to Gabriel Landeskog’s 2nd career NHL goal and the Avs were off to the races. 

In the second, the Avalanche added to their lead when a shot struck David Rundblad in front and fluttered into the air for at least 5 seconds, landing in the crease.  Joakim Lindstrom took advantage, slapped it into the net and created a 2 goal lead.  By the end of the frame, the Avalanche had outshot the Senators 30-8 and it was only going to get worse.

The third period saw 2 Colorado players score their first goals of the season.  At 1:48, Matt Duchene tallied on the power-play, while at 4:19, Daniel Winnik scored a beauty shorthanded to expand the lead and further the embarrassment.  7-1 would end up being the final and the Senators, who gained some confidence after their shootout victory on Tuesday, go right back to the drawing board.

Paul MacLean (video)

Paul MacLean’s experiment to play with 7 defencemen simply didn’t pan out.  All 7 weren’t particularly strong  and were shown up at one time or another.  The Avalanche gave the Senators a good lesson on how to execute defensively and offensively despite being a young team.  It’ll be interesting to see the coaching staff’s reaction.

Here’ s Craig Anderson & Daniel Alfredsson on the disappointing loss.

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Also, Gabriel Landeskog on getting his first couple of goals out of the way early & Matt Duchene on the play of the Landeskog line.

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