It may have been an afternoon delight game, but it was anything but for the Senators, who finally put up a stinker and took their first regulation loss in 7 games. You knew with all the injuries that eventually this would happen, but it still was a frustrating game to watch, especially but the defence, who routinely gave the puck away and made poorly timed pinches that cost us.
Once again the Sens struggled to score, which is understandable given the injuries, as Zack Smith's scoreless streak hit 35 games. The lone goal came from Marc Methot, who scored his first as a Sen off a very stoppable shot that Bryzgalov should have easily saved. In reality we could have just as easily been shut out.
Ben Bishop played well again and made another 39 saves to keep us in the game, but they couldn't get the 2nd goal they desperately needed to tie. The other main story lines were Alfie being ejected late in the 3rd for a cross check to the head of the Flyers Rinaldo and Sens defence Mike Lundin leaving the game midway through the first after a dirty hit from Harry Zolnierczyk, forcing Ottawa to play the rest of the game with just 5 defenceman. Ottawa failed to convert on the resulting PP. Look for Zolnierczyk to get a call for Brendan Shannahan.
Overall it was a very forgettable performance all around and they will need to turn it around quickly as they have another afternoon game tomorrow in Long Islands at 3pm. See you then.
With 39 saves Ben Bishop wins the afternoon.