Senators Lose 4-1 to Kings

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The Senators came into this game 1-10-0, with one tie all-time against the Kings in their home building.  In an effort to improve that stat, the Senators put Mark Boroweicki & Bobby Butler back into their lineup,  with Matt Carkner & Andre Petersson taking a seat in the press box.   

But it was the Kings that got off to the good start.  With under 5 minutes to go in the first period, Willie Mitchell’s wrister from the point seemed to elude 2 or 3 defenders before sailing by Craig Anderson’s glove to make it 1-0 Los Angeles.  It was the sixth game in a row where the Senators allowed the opposition to score first. 

In the second frame,  Kyle Clifford completed the Gordie Howe hat-trick when he scored on a rebound that Craig Anderson just couldn’t hang onto.  Clifford had fought Zenon Konopka and assisted on Willie Mitchell’s goal in the first 20 minutes and basically had the goal gift-wrapped for him.  Then, on a 5 on 3 power-play, Jack Johnson took a pass from Drew Doughty and one-timed it by Anderson to make it 3-0.  And finally, just to sprinkle salt on an open wound, Trevor Lewis took advantage of a referee’s decision to call a penalty shot.  After it was determined that Chris Phillips placed his hand over the puck in the crease (controversial), Lewis deked Craig Anderson, banking it off his glove and giving the Kings a 4-0 lead.

Alex Auld would start the third.  Daniel Alfredsson would score on the power-play.  But the Sens would still go on to lose  4-1. 

No rest for the weary however.  The Senators are right back at it tomorrow night in Phoenix.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Alfredsson, Phillips & Cowen (video)


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