Senators Lose 2-1 to Blackhawks

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Folks, this one wasn’t even close.  On a night when the team could have stuck it to a former teammate, the Senators were outworked, outskated and outhustled by a better club.  The Blackhawks came into Scotiabank Place ready to work, while Ottawa looked as though they were not prepared to compete.  Specifically, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa had a field day, passing it back and forth with ease and creating numerous scoring chances.

Despite all this, the Senators actually held the lead after 1 period.  Jason Spezza extended his point streak to 11 games when he barreled through 3 Blackhawk defenders and fed Milan Michalek for his 29th goal of the season.  Matt Gilroy also recorded an assist on the play, his first point as an Ottawa Senator.  

The second period was where Chicago finally took advantage of their opportunities.  A scramble in front of Robin Lehner on a delayed penalty resulted in the tying goal as Bryan Bickell chipped it over the young Swede.  Then, on the power-play, Marian Hossa’s wrap-around attempt barely snuck over the line before being swept out of the net and it was 2-1 Blackhawks.  By the end of the second frame, Chicago held a 34-16 shot advantage and were thoroughly in control. 

The Senators came out with a better effort in the third but it was too little, too late.  The Blackhawks came away with the 2-1 victory, its second straight win. Ray Emery, in his return to Scotiabank Place, finished the night with 25 saves and was named the game’s third star. 

Here’s Ray Emery & Patrick Kane on the importance of the win for both the team & Ray Emery.

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Robin Lehner, who made 37 saves and was named the game’s 2nd star, & Daniel Alfredsson discuss the disappointing loss.

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