Senators Lose 5-4 in Shootout to Maple Leafs

A night after they opened the regular season with a 1-0 victory, the Ottawa Senators rolled into Toronto to renew hostilities with their provincial rivals.  And it wasn’t pretty.

Numerous turnovers, missed assignments and bad decision-making headlined the sloppy, but exciting, game.  Both teams gave each other plenty of gifts – some were taken advantage of, while others were squandered.

In  the end, the Senators blew a 2-goal 2nd period lead and return home with 3 of a possible 4 points.  Which isn’t bad, if the loss wasn’t to the Maple Leafs.

Thoughts from the game:

1. Practice some defence – The Senators need to work on their defence as a team and individually.  There were a ridiculous amount of turnovers  that resulted in quality scoring chances for the Maple Leafs.  There were also countless times when the defence was deked around, faked out or blew by – not a good sign for a team known for its defensive play.

2. Secondary scoring – Kyle Turris was excellent tonight.  His 3 points are just a sign of things to come if he continues to play like he did this evening.  Clarke MacArthur & Cory Conacher also had good games and the trio seem to have some chemistry.

3. Top Line Toughness?  When the team tried to respond to a hit on Patrick Wiercioch, I noticed the lack of size/toughness on the 2nd line when Kyle Turris was jawing at Colton Orr.  Teams may begin to take advantage of the Senators, as neither of their top lines have much in the way of size/grit.

 

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