They couldn’t build on a modest lead. After weeks of watching their netminders give up soft, energy-sucking goals early in the games, the Senators finally got a stellar start out of rookie Robin Lehner. They appeared to harness a rare surge of confidence as a result, working their way to a 2-1 lead midway through the opening period. That was never going to be enough against the scorching Flames, however. Calgary scored the next four goals, including three on the power play.
Anton Babchuk, Flames
There were plenty of good candidates here. Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross each had a goal and an assist, Tim Jackman scored twice and Robin Regehr contributed two helpers. We’ll give the nod to defenceman Babchuk, who led all scorers with a goal and two assists. His insurance marker at 8:36 of the third period was a nuclear bomb from the point.
Bobby Butler, Senators
Every rookie makes mistakes, and Butler is no exception. The Senators’ lone lead evaporated after he picked up a goaltender interference penalty for carelessness around Miikka Kiprusoff’s crease. Butler has had a rough go of it in the big league this season — he has yet to register a single point, despite playing nine games over four call-ups. He finished a minus-two in this one.
Matt Carkner’s Bill Buckner moment. The Flames scored the game-winning goal after Jokinen lobbed a pass through the neutral zone that Senators defenceman Carkner tried to field with his gloves. It bounced right through him to a streaking Glencross, who snapped a shot by Lehner’s blocker. Glencross was the last guy the Senators wanted to see on a breakaway — he now has three goals in his last four games.
- 11: Consecutive losses for the Senators.
- 1: Ottawa win since Dec. 27.
- 3-5: Calgary’s power play.
- 30: Saves for Lehner, who deserved a better fate.
- 8: Flames victories in their last nine games.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
The Flames scored the first goal of the game at 8:40 of the first period, but it really should have come earlier. They launched a startling seven shots at the Ottawa goal during a two-minute power play in the opening minutes of the game and were turned away again and again by Lehner’s acrobatics. The save of the night was a double-pad stack that robbed Calgary centre Brendan Morrison of a sure goal.