The road wasn’t kind to the Ottawa Senators over the weekend, so it’s no surprise they’re happy to be headed home.
After being shut out 1-0 by the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night, they were robbed of a likely point or two by a shoddy goalie interference call that cost them the game-tying goal in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Senators won’t have long to stew over it, however. They’ll be back on the ice for a noon practice Monday ahead of their contest against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. It’s the first of three straight at Scotiabank Place this week.
“Home ice, we’ve got to use it to our advantage,” Craig Anderson said following the game. “It’s only as good as you use it. I mean, you’ve got to go in there and play a good game and come ready to work, because the other teams coming in our building are coming ready to work.
“We’ve got to use the enthusiasm from our building, our crowd, to use as motivation and maybe a little lift for us.”
The team’s offence could certainly use a lift after being held to one goal over two games. Anderson deflected questions about the lack of goal-scoring that resulted in those two losses landing on his record, despite his only allowing three goals in that span.
“My job, once again, is to give my team an opportunity to win and that’s all I can focus on,” he said. “I’m just worried about my own job and that’s … you know, I can’t score goals, so I’m not going to worry about that.”
SENS RECALL DA COSTA
The Senators made one roster move after the game, recalling centre Stephane Da Costa.
“I just feel like there was a lot of people in there and as I said I feel like I was in safe ice, but I haven’t seen the replay obviously so I can’t say for sure.” — Jakob Silfverberg on the disallowed goal.
“We played decent games, we still feel like we can play better. The goaltending we’re getting, we should make more of that and unfortunately we couldn’t.” – Daniel Alfredsson
BY THE NUMBERS
- 7: Shots by Erik Karlsson to lead all players
- 32:08: Ice time for Karlsson, the runaway leader
- 26:33: Ice time for Habs leader Andrei Markov
- 3: Missed shots by P.K. Subban, a couple of which came during a failed 4-on-3 advantage late in the second period
- 62: Face off win percentage for Tomas Plekanec
- 5: Hits by Chris Neil, one fewer than Habs leader Erik Cole
- 21,273: Attendance at the Bell Centre
- 6: Minor penalties called in the second period