In one of the least entertaining games of the season the Sens lost 1-0 to Carolina. The game was filled with lacklustre play, mental errors, and without any energy whatsoever. Here’s the boxscore.
-Ottawa started with a whimper, getting an early powerplay they did nothing with (a theme for their powerplay in general)
-Paul MacLean put the lines into the blender eventually, but the third line struggled defensively beforehand
-a rough night for Kaspars Daugavins who had trouble handling the puck; it was particularly rough when he lost control of the puck on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break in the first
-on the dumb penalty side of things both Marc Methot (2nd period) and Zack Smith (3rd period) were guilty
-Methot, who didn’t have a great game, did save a goal in the third; not to be outdone, Alfredsson made a great play in the second that prevented Semin from going in alone on Anderson
-it has been a rough start to the season for Peter Regin (who apparently changed his stick this season), but he’s a lot better playing with top players
1. Carolina, Staal
Makes a nice tip (Methot was slightly out of position and unable to tie up his stick)
I have no idea what to make of this game. It wasn’t a lack of effort, but a lack of execution. Dan Ellis (who got the win and the shutout) wasn’t particularly good, but the Sens just didn’t put enough pucks on net.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)