Senators Lose 5-2 to Flyers

It looked as though they were going to pull it off again.

Down 2-1 heading into the third period, the Ottawa Senators managed to equal the score on the power-play early in the third period.  Kyle Turris slipped a backhand by Steve Mason after Marc Methot’s slapshot from the point banked off the endboards right to him.  It would have been retribution for the fact the team had failed to take advantage of 3 power-plays earlier in the first frame.

But then a controversial call changed everything.

During a rush into the Philly zone, Bobby Ryan dragged Steve Mason out of his crease while centring the puck.  It made its way to Kyle Turris who looked to have an open net, only to have Nicklas Grossman block his shot with both of his skates.  After a bit of time passed, the play went under review.  While the call on the ice was “no goal,” television replays from the front seemed to indicate that the puck had crossed the line.  Unfortunately, side and overhead views (the best angles for crossing the goal line) were blocked by bodies or equipment, meaning there was no conclusive evidence that the puck crossed the line.  The call remained “no goal,” frustrating the Senators and their fans.

Having the momentum swung in their favour, the Flyers went on the attack.  Mere seconds after play resumed, Kimmo Timonen rushed the net and snuck the puck through the legs of Robin Lehner to give Philadelphia the lead.  23 seconds later, Wayne Simmonds put a nail in Ottawa’s coffin with his 3rd of the season.

5-2 was the final.

Once again, the Senators proved to be an overly streaky, emotional and inconsistent bunch by allowing the “no goal” call to kill their momentum and deflate the entire bench.

No rest for the weary, however, as the Senators face a Minnesota Wild club coming off a tough loss to the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.  Oh, and Dany Heatley is coming with them.

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