Senators Lose 4-1 to Ducks

The Ottawa Senators aren’t making it easy on themselves.

For the third straight game, their opponent scored first – and for the second straight game, they scored within the first minute of the game.  Corey Perry tallied 27 seconds in, quickly followed by Ryan Getzlaf, who scored just under 4 minutes later.  Those quick markers signalled the end for Craig Anderson – pulled to send a message to the skaters rather than as an indicator of his performance.

Despite a whopping 24 shots on net, Robin Lehner held down the fort for the remainder of the period.   A Bobby Ryan goal, his 3rd in his last 3 games, closed the gap to one and marked the skilled forward’s return to his old stomping grounds.

But Anaheim kept coming in the second and regained its 2 goal lead when Corey Perry finished a Hampus Lindholm cross-ice pass for his 2nd goal of the game.  Later on, Nick Bonino stole the puck right off the faceoff and snapped one by Lehner to make it 4-1.  After 2 periods of play, the Ducks were outshooting the Sens 45-19.

Final shots ended up being 56-31 in the 4-1 Anaheim victory.  The Senators lose to a superior team for the 2nd consecutive night.

Thoughts from the game:

Erik Karlsson – The former Norris trophy winner just doesn’t look like the same player he was before the Achilles injury.   Yes, it takes time to fully recover and he may reach that level again…..but maybe he won’t.  Scary thought for Senator fans.

Team speed – The Senators seem to be much slower than their opponents – on offence and defence.  They are constantly caught chasing and their reaction time is poor.  Teammates also seem to be operating at different levels – eliminating scoring chances before they even occur.

Shots on net – The Ducks set a franchise record for most shots in game (56). The Sens set a franchise record for most shots allowed in a regular season game. The Senators allowed over 50 shots in consecutive games.  Robin Lehner made 97 saves in a 24-hour period.  All those numbers are unacceptable and the Ottawa coaching staff will have to address it.

 

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