Senators Lose 4-0 to Maple Leafs

It all started with Bryan Murray letting slip that Milan Michalek had begun skating on his own on the Hockey Night in Canada pre-show.  It all went down from there.

No puck luck.

Nothing was clicking.

Beat by the better team.

All of these sayings applied to this evening’s effort by the Ottawa Senators, probably the most disappointing on home ice so far this season.

Joffrey Lupul opened the scoring on the power-play just 3:03 into the opening period when he re-directed a pass from Nazem Kadri through the legs of Ben Bishop to make it 1-0.

That was quickly followed by a trio of fights.  First, it was Matt Kassian & Colton Orr dropping the gloves, with Kassian getting the decisive victory.

Then it was Colin Greening (fighting a bit out of his weight class) vs Matt Fraser.

Finally, Kassian went again, but didn’t fare as well against Frazer McLaren.

You would think that would get the crowd hopping, but it didn’t. The crowd sat on their hands and filled their mouths with concession stand food for the remainder of the first and most of the second.  When Nazem Kadri made it 2-0 when a bouncing puck found his stick just outside of the crease, you barely heard a rustle.

Lupul and Kadri used the rest of the matchup to pad their stats.  A 2 on 0 featuring the two made it 3-0 in the third and a quick snapshot completed the hat-trick for Kadri as the Maple Leafs “humbled” the Senators at home 4-0.

It was the first time all season that the Senators allowed 4 or more goals in a game at Scotiabank this season.

Joffrey Lupul (1 goal, 3 assists) & Nazem Kadri (3 goals, 1 assist) dominated the latest edition of the Battle of Ontario, while James Reimer lowered his GAA at Scotiabank Place to 0.80 with a 5-0-0 record.

Joffrey Lupul on the hot streak he’s on right now & if he’s ever played at this level before.

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Nazem Kadri on how comfortable he is playing in Ottawa….

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