Senators enter all-star break on a losing note

The Ottawa Senators head into the all-star break on a three-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Senators enter all-star break on a losing note
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The Ottawa Senators head into the all-star break on a three-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

No matter how much they wanted to avoid that, the Senators just didn’t have any energy left a long five-game road trip. Tuesday’s game was their sixth in nine days across three time zones.

Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil scored for the Senators, while Gilbert Brule, Shane Doan, and Radim Vrbata scored for the Coyotes.

The Senators had the potential tying goal, again from Alfredsson, disallowed with 8:34 left in the third when Nick Foligno was called for interfering with goalie Mike Smith.

“I think it’s just a hockey play and I’m 100 per cent sure it’s a goal,” said Alfredsson.

“I’m really shocked when he waves it off. He’s saying that Nick is in the blue paint and that’s why he called it and I can’t tell from my angle.

“But to me it’s a hockey play and I don’t think he tries to run him over. He tries to make a play and the puck was with him all the way and I thought it should have counted.”

Foligno said it was hard to make contact when Smith came out to forecheck him.

“He just told me I didn’t allow the goalie to make the stop,” said Foligno.

“I don’t really understand because he came out to poke check me. I guess that’s the call they have to make.

“Maybe not the goalies will start abusing that. They’ll start poke checking a little bit more, so I hope it doesn’t go that way.

“It’s tough when you’re coming in full speed and you’re trying to avoid a poke check. You’re going to run into something.

“My intention wasn’t to get in the way of the goalie and (Alfredsson) made an unbelievable shot. It’s disappointing it wasn’t able to be called a goal.

Coach Paul MacLean didn’t like the call, either, not surprisingly, but it’s also an indication that his team needs to play better.

“It seems like we have one of those (disputed calls) a night on this trip, so that means we’re not doing enough,” he said.

“We have to try a little bit harder, a little bit smarter, a little bit better and have the puck more than we’ve had on this trip.”

Craig Anderson faced 26 shots while Smith faced 34.

The Coyotes got the only goal of the first period on what was a broken play.

As Mikkel Boedker skated across the front of the Ottawa net, looking for an opening, the puck slid off his stick.

As he reached for it, it went to Brule standing by the left post. He quickly put a shot from a bad angle past Anderson.

“He was skating across so I just circled the net to see where he was going,” said Brule.

“I just picked up the garbage, basically.”

The Coyotes opened a 2-0 lead at 16:08 of the second when Anderson stopped Lauri Korpikoski’s shot but couldn’t hold onto the rebound. Doan, following up, got the rebound and put it in.

(Korpikoski) made a good play to get to the net, and you’ve got to get there because he’s been generating a lot of offence,” said Doan.

A little more than a minute later, Alfredsson finally got one past Smith.

Nick Foligno backhanded a pass from behind the net and it was in the net as soon as it hit Alfredsson’s stick.

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