It wasn’t a sunny day for the Ottawa Senators in Sunrise, Florida. Ottawa lost three straight heading into this tilt against the Florida Panthers, and now they can add a fourth straight loss to their recent woes. On a positive note, Ottawa did record 41 shots, and welcomed back Craig Anderson into the lineup.
Once again, Ottawa was unable to put some pucks into the back of the net. Scott Clemmensen made 40 saves, and there is really no excuse why Ottawa should not have at least been able to tie the game. They have now gone four games without recording a point, and if they don’t pull up their socks soon, they can kiss the postseason goodbye.
On a good note for the Sens, at least they are putting the puck to the net. Cory Conacher was able to score his first as a Senator, but it was forgotten with the inability for Ottawa to score. Turnovers are going to happen, battles are going to be lost along the boards–everyone knows that, but Ottawa needs to start scoring goals. This is almost deja-vu for them, as it happened last week when they couldn’t execute against the Boston Bruins.
Ottawa went 0-5 on the Power Play against the East’s worst team. They need to bounce back very quickly or they won’t be playing many more games. Everyone knows they are able to win games, they’ve been doing so this whole season without their top stars, but now is the time to get back on track. Not too mention, their third period wasn’t exactly the greatest hockey anyone has seen.
Obviously it is frustrating, Ottawa had 41 shots and only executed once. They can, however, look at their defense and be happy as Florida only had 17 shots.
Ottawa is working hard, but with the season down to the last couple of games, being able to put the puck in the back of the net will decide Ottawa’s fate.