Refs receive penalty shot

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Flyers 5, Senators 3

They came out flat and took too many penalties. That was the consensus among Senators when asked how it was they managed to drop a 5-3 decision to Philadelphia less than 24 hours after raking the Leafs 8-0.

"It's hard to come back twice," said Dominik Hasek, who claimed to feel good playing in back-to-back games.

But Hasek would have been happier if the Flyers weren't allowed to take a 2-0 first-period lead, then -- after Zdeno Chara matched Sidney Crosby's season output with two goals in less than 10 minutes -- break open a tie with three straight goals (two of the three were with the Flyers enjoying a man advantage).

"We should be ready right after the drop of the puck and we weren't. They were sharper," said Hasek. "Also, our penalty killing wasn't as good as it used to be. That was the difference."

On a night when the Flyers scored three times on 10 power plays and Ottawa had two goals in nine chances, nobody was especially happy with the officiating.

"I'm a little upset with the way they're doing this," said Esche, who called last night's game one of the best in his career. "I never, ever complain about the officiating, but a couple of those calls at the end, c'mon, enough's enough.

"I don't like when they start calling penalties just to make a game of it."

Clearly, the Senators needed them to call a couple more.

Starts and Stops:

It took Dany Heatley less than a month to etch his name into the Senators record book. His assist on Ottawa's first goal last night set a franchise record for longest point scoring streak to start a season at 10 games, breaking an old mark shared by the guy he was traded for, Marian Hossa, and Radek Bonk ... The middle linebacker the Renegades have been looking for might just be wearing a Senators No. 24 jersey these days. Anton Volchenkov left his feet for a perfect flying tackle on Jon Sim overtop of Hasek in the second. And like a Renegade, he drew a penalty ... Heatley was given a loud cheer when he was introduced as a member of the starting lineup, clearly having officially endeared himself with the faithful by his four-goal performance in Toronto on Saturday. Naturally, the largest roar in the aftermath of the 8-0 "lambasting" (as the P.A. announcer put it) was the replay of Brian McGrattan knocking out Tie Domi, and a close up of Tie's beat up mug as he stewed on the bench.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...:

Sign of the times was seen on the centre-ice scoreboard in the second: "Hasek Dominate Me," it read. And the fan holding it looked like a very nice guy, too ... As if the Stripes don't skate enough during the game, linesman Greg Devorski was dropping beads of sweat on the cement corridor outside the dressing rooms with what looked like a pretty strenuous pre-game workout. What ever happened to the days when the appearance of officials caused coaches to tell them they should "have another donut" anyway? ... Comment of the night was overheard in the press box after a spectacular left pad save by Hasek off Sim. "That opened a lot of eyebrows," came the exclamation from the visiting broadcast booth. Is that like raising a lot of eyes? ... The Corel Centre's Music Man might want to listen to lyrics of the dance tunes before he plays them over the P.A. at the arena. We dug it, but the little Johnnys in the crowd probably don't need to be subjected to the sexual overtones they heard in a first-period song last night.

Between Periods:

Chalk one up for Terry Murray, as the Philadelphia assistant coach takes a 1-0 lead over his brother Bryan in the latest installment of a Shawville's Family Feud, NHL style ... Starting to notice the definite crowd buzz when Zdeno Chara winds up for one of his booming slapshots. Last night he scored both his goals without drawing his fishing rod back high, however. For a guy who punches so hard (how's that orbital bone mending anyway, Raitis?) the Big Zee has a pretty soft touch around the net ... Donald Brashear and Chara almost came to blows in the first, but Chris Neil skated back to jump in

Butt Ends:

Looks like NHL poolies are about to get jerked around once again, as Mike Knuble's goal total is expected to drop by one today. Knuble was credited with his first of the night -- and fifth of the season -- when an Eric Desjardins shot appeared to change directions before entering the net in the third. "I don't think I ever touched it," said Knuble, who has asked the Flyers media relations staff to let the league's head office know of the gaffe. "Unless they saw something that I didn't feel." ... Seems like another error occurred just before the goal, as the faceoff was in Senators' territory after a shot deflected off a Flyer and into the mesh above the glass. If such was the case, the puck should have been dropped outside the blue line. "That's the way I saw it, and that's what I told the ref," Redden said of a plea that fell on deaf ears ... Just before Knuble's second goal (or first real one), Redden had his stick slashed out of his hands by a Flyer. "That's a penalty, isn't it?" he said ... Chara and Jason Spezza accounted for a third of Ottawa's shots on goal, as they had seven apiece.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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