Senators Lose 4-1 to Hurricanes

All it took was a 10 minute lapse in effort.

After playing a solid first period, one which saw them get an early lead thanks to Jason Spezza, the Ottawa Senators looked to be on their way to victory.  The team was moving the puck, extracting it from their defensive zone quickly and forcing Cam Ward to make several big saves.  There was only one problem – they lost a player for the remainder of the game.

While retrieving the puck along the boards, Mark Borowiecki slipped and fell.  On his way up, he looked down in hopes of finding the black rubber, keeping his head and back bent towards the boards.  Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth then hit him from behind, slamming Borowiecki’s head directly into the boards, sending him to the ice.  Borowiecki was able to skate off under his own power but looked a bit woozy.  He would not return due to what the club called a “neck strain.”

Borowiecki’s absence created multiple issues for the Senators.  A team defence that had played the night before was now down to 5 tired men.  Not only did that mean more minutes for everyone, all 5 were forced to play outside of their pairings.  Coach MacLean couldn’t be picky – his ability to hide those with flaws was greatly reduced as there had to be 2 on the ice at all times.

The second period would expose the side effects of the loss.  Patrick Dwyer, Tuomo Ruutu & Elias Lindholm all scored within a 6 minute span.  On all 3 goals, defensive coverage could be questioned as many Senators were shown either out of position, being beaten to the puck or taking the wrong man.  It took the wind out of their sails and led to yet another defeat.

It was another inconsistent effort by the league’s most inconsistent team.

 

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