Senators let another one slip away

Taylor Hall scored 17 seconds into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Senators let another one slip away

Taylor Hall might have been played more aggressively in overtime.

Maybe he could have been challenged more at the blue-line.

Or maybe an Ottawa Senators defenceman could have skated him out of the play after his initial shot at goaltender Craig Anderson from the top of the right circle, instead of letting him skate around the net, collect his own rebound and beat Anderson with a backhand shot to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory at Scotiabank Place on Saturday afternoon.

Even so, that wasn’t an excuse Anderson was willing to hide behind.

Only minutes after he made a game-saving stop on Hall in the final minutes of the third period, Anderson was upset with himself for misplaying Hall’s first shot in overtime, thus giving him a chance at the rebound.

The goal came only 17 seconds into the extra session.

“I’ve got to be better on my rebound control, that’s the bottom line,” Anderson said.

“I can’t leave my D-men hanging there and leaving garbage around the net, so that’s on me.”

The loss closed out a disappointing five-game homestand for the Senators (28-22-8), which produced only one victory and only four of a possible 10 points. Now they head out on the road to Florida for games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panther.

The Senators twice had the lead against the Oilers (22-28-5), but gave it up twice and had to fight back to send the game to overtime. The loss left them feeling sour.

“We let it slip away,” said defenceman Chris Phillips, who was honoured before the game for his 1,000th NHL game on Thursday night.

“We made some mistakes that they were able to capitalize on. We still salvaged a point, but, from the position we were in, we’re not pleased with that.”

Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, with his first goal in 13 games, and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators in regulation. Magnus Paajarvi, with his first goal of the season, Ottawa native Ben Eager and Shawn Horcoff scored for the Oilers.

Anderson faced 40 shots, while Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin faced 42.

Senators coach Paul MacLean liked the first period his team played, but not the second.

“Things went real good for us, then in the second period we came out and forgot to get started,” MacLean said.

“They established their game and took over the game for a large part of the second period. I thought we responded to get it tied up, and then, when you get to overtime, that’s what it is.”

Alfredsson said the homestand had been a disappointment, the team has to look at the positive: It managed to get three of four points in its last two games.

“That’s something to build on,” Alfredsson said.

“We can’t look back. We have to look forward and make sure we keep getting points and keep playing the way we have.”

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GAME FILE

WHY THEY LOST: Because Hall beat them with his speed in OT, getting past them at the blue line and then getting his own rebound for the winning goal. Just a bit too casual for the Senators.

STUD: Nikolai Khabibulin. He was the reason the Oilers were able to hang around and eventually win. After scoring the opening goal, the Senators couldn’t open a 2-0 lead.

DUD: Craig Anderson. Played great for most of the game but was angry that he couldn’t control Hall’s shot in OT and let the rebound turn into the winning goal.

CONGRATS FROM AFAR: A nice touch from the Senators during a break in the first period: Messages of congratulations for Chris Phillips on his 1,000th game from former teammates Zdeno Chara, Anton Volchenkov, Wade Redden, and Mike Fisher.

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