Senators stink in loss to Avalanche

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson and defencemen Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar look on as the...

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson and defencemen Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar look on as the Avalanche celebrate a goal at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 13,2011. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:53 AM ET

OTTAWA - It was embarrassing — almost as if the Binghamton Senators were playing the Boston Bruins or any one of the other elite NHL teams.

Except this was the Colorado Avalanche, a team expected to have its own share of stumbles this NHL season.

Yet the Senators proved they weren’t in the same league as the Avalanche — in a bad way — falling 7-1 and disappointing 19,239 fans who came to see the new heritage jerseys and a much better effort than they witnessed Thursday.

“Anytime you lose 7-1 it’s embarrassing,” said Senators winger Nick Foligno. “We’re all accountable. That’s why we’re going to come here and turn this around as quick as we can. We’ve got to learn from it, but also know that we can be better.”

Goalie Craig Anderson, facing his former teammates for the first time since being dealt to Ottawa last February, was hung out to dry on a night when only winger Milan Michalek was able to beat J.S. Giguere on the 14 lousy shots the Senators managed.

“You can draw your own conclusions, but we weren’t at our best,” said Anderson, who faced 39 shots. “It’s a game of momentum. When you lose momentum, it’s hard to get back and we didn’t get it back.”

Joakim Lindstrom scored twice while Gabriel Landeskog, David Jones, Matt Duchene, Daniel Winnik, Milan Hejduk each had a goal for the Avs.

The Senators were disappointed they didn’t perform better for their goalie.

“We certainly wanted to give him a good showing against his former team,” said defenceman Chris Phillips. “When you lose like that, it’s hard, no matter. We’re certainly looking for a lot more out of ourselves.”

Preparing to face the Washington Capitals Saturday, the Senators could be without centre Zack Smith, who was penalized for a hit to the head of Landeskog in the first and could face a suspension from VP Brendan Shanahan.

Senators coach Paul MacLean said the Senators just didn’t measure up.

“Sometimes I thought we dressed 20 defenders, not just seven,” he said. “I give a ton of credit to Colorado for the way they played. They made us look bad, yes. We were in spots where we couldn’t execute because of the pressure they put us under and we didn’t handle it very well. We didn’t play well at all from the start to the finish and we have a ways to go.”


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