WHY THE SENATORS LOST
They got into a track meet with the league’s No. 2 offence. Give the Senators credit for staying with the always-mighty Red Wings — one game after waltzing through a sleeping pill of a game in New Jersey, they played arguably the most entertaining 60 minutes of hockey at Scotiabank Place this season. The teams combined for four goals in a 4:40 span in the first period, scored three times in a 1:18 second period stretch and added two more in the first 59 seconds of the third. Phew!
Johan Franzen, Red Wings
With the goaltenders playing the way they were, it was a night for stat padding. Eight (!) players scored at least two points, but Franzen topped them all with his FIVE-goal performance. The mule vaulted from 15th in NHL goal-scoring to a share of fifth. Wow.
Chris Phillips, Senators
It was another tough night for No. 4. Phillips turned the puck over on the Wings’ fourth goal of the game and finished the night a minus-two. His biggest contribution to the loss was a cross checking penalty that wound be up being the…
Did Phillips deserve the penalty that gave the Red Wings a five-on-three advantage with the game tied 5-5 early in the third period? Coach Cory Clouston, who was apoplectic on the bench, obviously didn’t think so. Regardless, Detroit didn’t waste any time, scoring the game-winning goal 19 seconds into the power play.
- 30:49: Playing time for goalie Robin Lehner before getting the hook.
- 5: Goals allowed by Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on 34 shots.
- 3: Points each for Peter Regin, Chris Campoli, Alex Kovalev and Henrik Zetterberg.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
While Alex Kovalev was busy scoring his 10th goal of the season in the first period, a Russian-speaking reporter from the popular Yahoo! Puck Daddy blog was posting the latest series of eyebrow-raising quotes from the mercurial winger on Twitter. Among the topics of conversation were Kovalev’s future (“To me the KHL is far on the background. As long as I have the strength, I want to play in the NHL”) and his relationship with coach Cory Clouston: “It’s pointless to talk about it now. It’s disheartening when you don’t play much, but (are) made a scapegoat.”
Brian Elliott — the unlikely hero of Ottawa’s run to the No. 5 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference last season — has officially run out of fan goodwill. When Cory Clouston pulled Lehner after he allowed his fourth goal on 19 shots, spectators first booed the coach for making the move, then booed Elliott as he skated to the crease. Elliott didn’t help matters by allowing another soft goal en route to his 12th consecutive loss.