Rocky finish for Senators in Colorado

The Ottawa Senators can certainly take something out of Wednesday’s game, picking up a point after an awful start.

Rocky finish for Senators in Colorado
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson watches as the puck goes in the net on a goal by Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

DENVER — The Ottawa Senators can certainly take something out of Wednesday’s game, picking up a point after an awful start.
However, the picture would have been so much brighter if they had not allowed Paul Stastny’s goal late in regulation, followed by Tyson Barrie’s at the 33 second mark of overtime in a 4-3 defeat here Wednesday.
Barrie was alone in the slot to take Stastny’s pass from behind the net on the game winner.
Stastny broke free of a Mark Stone check to tap a rebound past Anderson with 2:20 to go in regulation.
And just like that, what had appeared to be an impressive come-from-behind win for the Senators turned into game that got away from them in the final minutes.
The Senators’ winning streak is over at four games.
Neither Jason Spezza nor Craig Anderson were able to made successful returns and the Senators missed a chance to pull even with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Anderson, returning to the Pepsi Center for the first time since being traded to the Senators from the Avalanche in exchange for Brian Elliott in February of 2011, rebounded impressively after the Avalanche opened an early 2-0 lead on only four shots, but he couldn’t withstand the late Avalanche pressure.
Meanwhile, Spezza, rejoining the Senators lineup after missing the previous four games due to a hip flexor injury, tied the game 2-2 on the power play with 7:07 left in the second period.
Kyle Turris put the Senators ahead 3-2, beating Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 5:42 left in the middle period.
The Senators then successfully shut down the Avalanche for most of the third period.
But not long enough.
The Senators still haven’t won in Denver since Dec. 12, 2005.
Power plays proved pivotal in the second period as the Senators bounced back from an atrocious start.
The Avalanche buried themselves with back-to-back penalties – Cory Sarich went off for slashing and Jan Hejda for delay of game – and the Senators enjoyed a 5-on-3 advantage for 52 seconds.
Spezza’s goal came after he finished off a pretty pass from Clarke MacArthur while the Senators enjoyed the two man edge. Only seconds after the next penalty expired, Turris one-timed a slapshot high over Varlamov after receiving a cross-ice feed from Stone.
As sharp as the Senators looked in the second period, they were on their heels at the outset.
Cory Conacher paved the way for the Senators’ terrible start, drawing an early tripping penalty after losing his stick.
The Avalanche, who came into the game red hot on the power play (6 for 13 in their previous four games), took full advantage. Former Ottawa 67′s star Jamie McGinn tipped an Erik Johnson shot past Anderson at the 2:19 mark to open the scoring.
Only 2:35 later, Jan Hedja found the range, beating Anderson high to the stick side, giving the Avalanche an early 2-0 lead.
Gradually, however, the Senators worked their way back into the game, controlling the play in the second half of the period. MacArthur, who now has goals in four consecutive games, beat Varlamov with 4:48 left to get the comeback started.

GAME FILE

WHY THEY LOST

They couldn’t hold off the late Avalanche surge.

CHEERS

Paul Stastny, Avalanche

The American Olympian tied the game 3-3 with 2:20 left in regulation and set up Tyson Barrie for the overtime game winner.

JEERS

Mark Stone, Senators

After Anderson made several huge stops to keep the Senators ahead 3-2, Stone couldn’t contain Stastny as he drove to the net for the rebound which deadlocked the game 3-3.

COUNTRY COOKING

The Senators left for Nashville immediately after the game and will enjoy the sights and sounds of Music City for three days before taking on the Predators Saturday.

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