The post-game report: Losing getting old for the Senators

More from the Senators’ 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

The post-game report: Losing getting old for the Senators

QUOTABLE QUOTES

Clarke MacArthur made the pass of the year (so far) setting Kyle Turris up for a first-period, short-handed goal. But he didn’t find a lot of pleasure in it.

“It was nice it worked out but it would have been a lot nicer with a win,” he said.

“To get one of those plays, it’s great, but at the same time, it’s was a good feeling for a few minutes, but then, as far as what we did here tonight, it kind of hurts.”

This losing, three straight and four of their last five, is getting more than a little old, said Marc Methot.

“We can talk about trying to snag positives out of the game,” he said.

“I thought we were pretty good for most of that game. But ultimately, when you’re not winning, when you’re not getting the two points, it’s hard to stay positive.

“A little breakdown here and there, and that costs you the game. It’s getting frustrating, for sure.

“I don’t even know what to tell you guys. We look like we’re full of energy out there, some shifts, and we’re flying, and we’re getting zone time.

“Then we have a couple of breakdowns in our end, we start running around, guys get tired, maybe, and they capitalize the odd time.

“But the game was there for us tonight.

“I don’t like to think that we’re waiting for what the other team is going to do, but that’s what it feels like.”

Coach Paul MacLean was not happy with another loss, predictably, but he believes his team is headed in the right direction.

However, it still needs to play a 60-minute game, not 50 minutes.

“It’s disappointing,” he said.

“We got the game tied up again, but again we were chasing the game, and anytime we chase the game, it makes it hard.

“But on the positive side of it, we look at the stat sheet and the balance is starting to go the other way, so that’s a positive for us.

“We only gave up 25 shots on net, the scoring chances are unofficially in our favour, we gave up a lot less.

“So are we going in the right direction? We believe so, but we won’t know until our next game.”

NOTABLE NUMBERS

Most shots, Minnesota: Zach Parise, 4
Most shots, Ottawa: Five with 4, including Mika Zibanejad and Cory Conacher

Most ice time, Minnesota: Ryan Suter, 30:47
Most ice time, Ottawa: Erik Karlsson, 27:54

Most hits, Ottawa: Five with 5, Colin Greening, Chris Neil, Zack Smith, Mark Borowiecki, Patrick Wiercioch

Dany Heatley’s ice time: 9:44
Jason Spezza’s ice time: 18:21
Mika Zibanejad’s ice time: 12:14
Matt Cooke’s ice time: 14:47
Zenon Konopka’s ice time: 4:02

Giveaways, Ottawa: 14
Giveaways, Minnesota: 5

Faceoff percentage, Ottawa: 57
Faceoff percentage, Minnesota: 43

Blocked shots, Ottawa: 6
Blocked shots, Minnesota: 21

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