The post-game report: All about the call — and the game — that went the other way

A year ago, the Ottawa Senators would have found a way to win a game like Tuesday’s.

A year ago, the Ottawa Senators would have found a way to win a game like Tuesday’s.

Deadlocked 2-2 midway through the third period and with momentum seemingly on their side, it appeared like the Senators were on the verge of another pesky comeback.

In fact, they were on the verge, an inch or two away, from taking the lead with Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason lost at sea, desperately trying to paddle his way back into the crease. Instead, Philadelphia defenceman Nicklas Grossman happened to have his feet in the right place at the right time to stop Kyle Turris’s shot from entering the net – or at least from convincingly crossing the goal line following the long review.

Give the Flyers credit. They responded following the video review.

The Senators didn’t, limping home for Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild with nothing to show for what might have been a confidence-boosting comeback from a 2-0 deficit. They have only two points from their past four games, giving away six points to teams below them in the Easatern Conference standings.

BY THE NUMBERS

33:47: Erik Karlsson ice time

10:29: Mark Borowiecki ice time

4: Shots by Clarke MacArthur and Milan Michalek

-3: Jason Spezza plus/minus

41: Philadelphia shots

37: Robin Lehner saves

34: Ottawa shots

32: Steve Mason saves

 WHAT THEY SAID

Robin Lehner

“I don’t really know what to say. I thought we played a good game. Too bad I couldn’t be there for the guys today. I had a bad one today. That’s life. I had a bad outing. You’ve got to move on. The second one (by Sean Couturier) kind of caught me and I shouldn’t have let that in, but I make mistakes, too. Today was not my night.”

Kyle Turris

On the shot that bounced off Nicklas Grossman’s skates, stayed out of the net and was upheld as a no-goal following video review: “I don’t know if you call it bad luck or what, but at the end of the day, I’ve got to find a way to score. It’s an open net. “I couldn’t tell (if it went in). Obviously, it was close enough to look at, but it shouldn’t have even been that close. I didn’t think it went in at first. I was more pissed off at myself for not scoring.”

On the Flyers surge following the video review: “You can’t have a two or three minute let down like that.”

On the momentum swings that weren’t: “If I score on that one (that Grossman stopped), we’re up 3-2 and it’s a totally different game. If I score on the penalty shot, they’re only up 4-3 and we have the momentum with three or four minutes left and a power play at the end. I’ve got to find a way to put it in the net.”

Senators coach Paul MacLean

On the aftermath of the video review: “The checking of the (Turris shot) didn’t give us momentum, but it certainly gave them momentum. We didn’t come out of it very good.”

On finding any positives: “We don’t get much solace out of it, we get no points out of it. We worked hard to get it tied up, but we don’t get anything out of it.”

On what happens during a lengthy video review: “We keep telling them to stay ready. No matter what happens, whether it’s a goal or not, the next shift is a big shift. We came out of it and we didn’t respond very well.”

On Robin Lehner’s game: “Robin was very competitive. He cares. I thought he battled real hard tonight and gave us a chance.”

 

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