Senators Lose 2-1 to Ducks

After their most complete effort of the season on Wednesday night, the Ottawa Senators came back home and laid a complete egg.  Clip after clip leading up to this contest indicated that the Senator players were aware that the Ducks embarrassed them a couple of weeks ago and that they were going to use the momentum and confidence they gained to seek revenge.  That didn’t happen.

Ottawa fell back into old habits – taking bad penalties, making bad decisions and executing poorly.  Turnover after turnover occurred in their defensive zone, resulting in quality scoring chances for the Ducks.  Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry had a field day, preying on the disorganization and taking advantage of the Senator mistakes.

The Senators beat themselves and their schedule doesn’t get any easier.  First, a practice day that Paul MacLean will most likely use to send ANOTHER message, then a date with arguably the league’s best squad, the San Jose Sharks.

Thoughts from the game.

1. Execution – Once again, this team could not function as a group.  The night was filled with sloppy passing, bad decision-making and missed shots.  The Senators made it easy for an Anahiem group that was clearly tired near the end.

2. Zibanejad – Mika was the best skater on the ice for the Senators, scoring the only goal and being a force all night.  I would not be surprised to see him on the top line for the majority of the game Sunday night.

3. Penalties –  Well, they’re back to what got them in trouble in the first place.  This time the infractions killed whatever momentum they had after cutting the lead to 1.  Its tough to keep the crowd in it when you’re down a man for six straight minutes.

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