WHY THE SENATORS LOST
If you happened to PVR Wednesday night’s game between the Senators and Stars, you’ll never need to take a dose of Ambien again. Neither team was within a mile of the top of its game — as the shot total of 26-19 in favour of Dallas demonstrated — but the Stars deserve plenty of credit for severely limiting Ottawa’s mostly poor chances. If Andrew Raycroft broke a sweat, it was only because it’s so hot under all that goalie equipment.
Trevor Daley, Stars
The Dallas defenceman was reliable in his own end and scored the first goal of the game. Ottawa netminder Pascal Leclaire didn’t have a prayer when Daly shot the puck from the top of the circle at 6:14 of the first period. It zinged straight into the top corner, glove side. Daley was a plus-two.
Ryan Shannon, Senators
He was earning stud consideration after scoring to knot things up 1-1 late in the second period, but it evaporated with his turnover on the half-boards to Pascal Leclaire’s left early in the third. The puck wound up on Stars centre Mike Ribeiro’s stick, and he dished it out front to Brenden Morrow for the game-winner.
In a game with so few quality scoring chances, how do you not pick the goal that earned two points for the road team? Perhaps it was karma. Morrow was arguably the Stars’ most dangerous offensive player in their 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, firing seven shots but failing to score. He was due.
- 4: Losses for the Senators in their last five games.
- 5: Shots by the Senators in the third period.
- 2: Combined shots by Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Alex Kovalev.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
It was an Ottawa fan’s nightmare in the press box at Scotiabank Place as Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk milled about with his latest hire, player development consultant Gary Roberts. We could go over the huge, Senators-killing goals they scored in the 2002 and 2004 playoffs as members of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs, but we’re too nice for that.
One of the reasons there were so few shots was the fact everyone’s aim was so poor — the two teams combined for 23 missed shots on the night. Pity poor Jamie Benn, who looked skyward to the Hockey Gods in disgust after shooting the puck over a wide-open net for about the fourth time in the first 25 minutes.