Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sens Drop Third Straight

Sure they got points in 2 of them, but the Sens have now lost three straight games for the first season. This one, against the perennially awful Islanders hurt a little bit more. It's a game they needed to get the full 2 points from if they intend to still make the playoffs. Though you have to think playing 3 games in 4 days, with 2 of them afternoon starts, surely played a factor. By the end of the game, fatigue had clearly set it for the Sens, who looked completely gassed in overtime. They eventually fell in a shootout after failing to convert either of their 2 chances.

The story once again was goaltending. Robin Lehner got his 2nd start of the road trip and once again did not disappoint, making multiple spectacular saves to get us to the shootout. He mad 33 saves on 35 attempts. Not bad for your third string goalie right?

It was another sloppyish game, but that has become common practice for a team that has little offense. If we're to go anywhere this season, we're going to have to get some sort of offensive help. We just simply can't continue to win this way. You can't expect your goalies to played lights out every single night the way they've been doing for weeks and weeks.

Mika Zibanejad and Patrick Wiercicoh, both in their rookie seasons, had the 2 goals this afternoon, but you clearly can't lean on rookies for consistent offensive production. The scoreless streaks of Zack Smith and Kyle Turris have now hit 36 and 19 respectively. Ridiculous numbers from our current top two centremen.

Ottawa now gets a few days off before heading to Toronto for a matchup with the Leafs on Wednesday at the ACC. With 33 saves Robin Lehner wins the afternoon.

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