RUNNING UPHILL ALL NIGHT
While the Senators were on top of their game in Detroit, they spent the night looking for it against the Ducks, said Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson.
“We came from a really well-played game in Detroit a couple of days ago in Detroit, but today I don’t think we were really there from the start,” he said.
“We catch a couple of bad breaks and we’re down two goals and we were just running uphill all game.
“I think today we weren’t as sharp as we need to be and didn’t make those kind of plays around our blue line and their blue line.
“They did a good job of staying back and waiting for us to make mistakes, and, unfortunately, today we made them.”
Karlsson said a miscalculation, and then a mishap, led to Anaheim’s second goal by Ryan Getzlaf. It started when Karlsson lost the puck behind the Ottawa net.
“I don’t think anyone is going to be in front of the net,” he said.
“I think their second guy is going to be on the wall, and that’s why I pushed the puck a little too far.
“And then I stumble, or it hit my leg or something, and I can’t reach it, and then the second guy comes, and the third guy comes.
“Sometimes there’s not much you can do.”
BEHIND THE 8-BALL
Jason Spezza said the Senators got forced out of their game early when the Ducks took the lead.
“We got the lead in Detroit and then we played a simple structured game, and that’s why we win,” he said.
“Tonight we were coming from behind, so you’re forced to make plays and you’re taking a few more risks than when you have the lead.
“We would have liked to have had a better game tonight, that’s for sure.”
THEY WERE BETTER
It pained Ottawa coach Paul MacLean to say it, but the Ducks were the better team.
“This is the second time we’ve played them in however many days it has been, and they played really good again,” he said.
“They’re real fast, they’re real quick, they didn’t give us a lot of time and space to do anything. They were, I thought, for the most part better than we were.
“We turned over some pucks in the first period. We turned over pucks all night long.
“But our goalie gave us something to get something out of the game, and we weren’t able to do it.”
PENALTIES KILLED THE SENATORS
The three consecutive penalties the Senators took after Mika Zibanejad cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period killed Ottawa’s momentum, said MacLean.
“They’re Duracell drainers for sure,” he said.
“But the opposition put us under some pressure and forced us to take some penalties. That’s what good teams do to you, and that’s what speed does to you.”
LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY
Asked why the Senators have still have problems finding some consistency, MacLean said: “That’s a good question.”