Senators Lose 2-1 to Ducks

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Yet another game against a red-hot California club for the Senators Saturday afternoon.  Unfortunately for Ottawa, it was what All-Star defenceman Erik Karlsson couldn’t do for the team that ended up being the deciding factor of this closely contested affair.

Firstly, with the Ducks leading 1-0 on a Corey Perry tally, Karlsson took a swing at a rebound off Craig Anderson that flipped high in the air.  Despite his effort to clear the puck, the black disc banked off his stick, rolled off the back of Anderson and into the net to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead (and be the eventual game-winner.)

Then, in the dying seconds, Karlsson was unable to draw a tripping penalty when taken down during a rush towards the Anaheim net.  According to Coach Paul MacLean, referree Dan O’Rourke explained he didn’t make the call because Karlsson was a diver.  Not the kind of reputation you want with the authorities of the league, whether its true or not.

So, the Senators lost for the second time in their past 4 games and third in their past 13.   The loss also marked the end of a club record 11 straight road games where they earned a point.   The Ducks, meanwhile, improved to 7-0-1 over their past 8 games and 10-9-3 since Bruce Boudreau took over as head coach.  Anaheim recorded 21 blocked shots in the victory, while Jonas Hiller made 31 saves. 

Chris Neil, playing in his 700th NHL game, scored the only goal for the Senators.  Andre Petersson had 7 shifts for a total of 5:02 TOI in his NHL debut.

The Senators play the Kings next on Monday night.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Alfredsson, Neil, Karlsson & Petersson.


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