Senators Lose 4-3 to Wild

After a tough loss in Philadelphia last night, the Senators didn’t have to wait long to get back on the horse.  The team needed to forget Tuesday’s third period effort and focus on righting the ship.  Defeating a Western Conference opponent coming off a loss of their own would not be an easy task.

But the Senators had one of their best periods of the entire season in the first.  They outshot Minnesota 18-6 and had the most scoring chances by far.  They created turnovers, put pressure on the puck and were able to exit their own defensive zone quite easily.  They were up 2-1 and had done it in style – a ridiculous between the legs pass by Clarke MacArthur resulted in a Kyle Turris shorthanded goal, while a rush towards the net finished on a Mika Zibanejad tally.  It was a well-deserved lead and an effort Sens fans were grateful to see.

The second period was a different matter.  The Wild tied it up on a shot from the point by Jonas Brodin that found its way through a maze.  Then, during a scrum alongside the net, Dany Heatley was able to outmaneouvre Erik Karlsson and get his stick on the puck.  The black cylinder squirted through Craig Anderson’s legs as he had lost position in the goal and just like that, it was 3-2.  Erik Karlsson hung his head in disappointment – the Senators had once again blown the lead.

Ottawa was not down and out however.  Midway through the third period, Milan Michalek scored on the power-play, his 4th goal of the season, and it was tied up again. Michalek picked a good time to get the monkey off his back as he had scored only 1 goal in his past 15 games.  It was also his first power-play goal in 2 seasons.

But in keeping with this season’s script, the opponent had the last laugh.  With just under three minutes left in the game, Mikko Koivu skated into the Sens zone and snapped a perfect shot past Craig Anderson to give the Wild a lead they would not give up.  4-3 was the final as the Senators fell for the third straight game.

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