Heritage jersey night one to forget for Senators

After they wrote a storybook ending to their home opener just two nights before, beating the Minnesota Wild in a shootout, the Ottawa Senators came out on Thursday night and embarrassed themselves.

Heritage jersey night one to forget for Senators

After they wrote a storybook ending to their home opener just two nights before, beating the Minnesota Wild in a shootout, the Ottawa Senators came out on Thursday night and embarrassed themselves.
Against a team that had played in Columbus, Ohio, the night before and had to fly through one time zone to get to Ottawa, the Senators inexplicably got steamrolled.
They couldn’t create any offense of their own and either turned the puck over or gave it away for a well-deserved 7-1 loss.
Worse, it was before another capacity crowd, 19,239.
The Avalance had four power-play goals and a shorthanded goal.
It got the new heritage sweater, which the team will wear 10 more times this year, off to a rough start.
Milan Michalek, with a first-period power-play goal, scored for the Senators.
Joakim Lindstrom had two goals for the Avalanche, while Milan Hejduk, Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, David Jones, and Daniel Winnick had one each.
Against his old team, Craig Anderson had another busy night, facing 39 shots while Jean-Sebastien Giguere faced only 14.
Michalek gave the Senators a 1-0 just 4:05 into the game with a power-play goal, redirecting an Erik Karlsson shot from the right point.
But the feeling of accomplishment from scoring the first goal of the game for the first time this season didn’t last long, not even three full minutes.
At 7:04, on a power play with Brian Lee off, Hejduk beat Anderson high to the stick side from the slot.
And just 1:21 later, Ryan O’Reilly stole the puck from Karlsson in the right corner, passed to Landeskog in front, and he beat Anderson low to the glove side.
In the end, the period should have been lopsided than that, with the Avalanche outshooting the Senators 18-4.
The second period was just as bad. The Senators again had only four shots while the Avalanche had 12.
But it was also unlucky, which will probably be the case a lot this season.
First there was the goal by Lindstrom that gave the Avalanche a 3-1 win. It was as flukely as they come.
Ryan Wilson’s shot from the blue line hit David Rundblad and bounced high into the air. Neither Rundblad nor Anderson knew where it was.
When it came down, it landed right by the left post – right where Lindstrom could knock it in.
Then, with about seven seconds left in the period, there was a golden chance for Stephane Da Costa to pull the Senators within one.
At the bottom of the left circle, he found himself staring at an entirely open net.
So where does his shot go? Wide to the far side.

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WHY SENATORS LOST: Because they couldn’t generate any offense of their own and because they were terrible defensively. That’s a toxic mix.

STUD: Ryan O’Reilly: He was everywhere, and collected three assists to show for his hard work.

DUD: Erik Karlsson: Had an assist on Ottawa’s lone goal but was stripped of the puck twice in his own zone, both times resulting in goals. Just a frightening defensive liability.

TURNING POINT: When Ryan O’Reilly stole the puck from Karlsson eight minutes into the game and passed to Gabriel Landeskog for a 2-1 Avalanche lead, it set the tone for a night of turnovers and odd-man breaks.

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