Senators Lose 5-4 (SO) to Islanders

Another blown 2 goal lead, another loss for the Ottawa Senators.

For the second straight game, the Sens handed their opponent a two-goal deficit, only to allow them to rally and tie the game.

Defensively, this team is a mess.  They are unable to handle any teams’ offensive attack and fold under any amount of pressure.  Everyone is on a different page and goals are happening because players are being left all alone.

Starting goaltender Robin Lehner did not receive any help from his teammates.  Once again, he had to make over 50 saves just to get the single point.  Despite giving up 4 goals, he was outstanding – in particular on 2 breakaway attempts by Michael Grabner & Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Offensively, the Islanders (and Evgeni Nabokov) handed out numerous gifts.  All 4 goals that Ottawa scored were easily preventable and should have been enough to come out with a win.

Not sure what Paul MacLean can do next, but if this team continues to perform like this – personnel changes WILL happen.

Thoughts from the game:

1. Robin Lehner – This guy has been nothing short of outstanding all season long and STILL doesn’t have a win to show for it.  Ridiculous.

2. Bobby Ryan – Was probably the best skater for the Senators last night.  Always giving 100 percent, using his body to shield the puck and was a threat offensively.  He is not an issue.

3. Protecting the lead – This team has to learn how to win.  And that means protecting a lead.  Only way to do that is to get better defensively.  But that’s been said already.

 

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