Sloppy Sens thrashed

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

ATLANTA -- Bryan Murray was seeing red. And who could blame him?

Watching Marian Hossa and the Atlanta Thrashers skate circles around and thoroughly embarrass the Senators in an 8-3 loss yesterday at Philips Arena was enough to make the Ottawa coach sick.

Hossa was facing his former teammates for the first time since being dealt to Atlanta for winger Dany Heatley last summer. And he enjoyed the moment, collecting two goals and an assist.

But Murray said the Senators were their own worst enemies.

"We played for five minutes in the first. Then we were careless, we were casual and we didn't show them any respect at all," said Murray. "We gave up chances that we don't normally give up I would like to think that we can play a better game than that.

"The way we started to play after the first five minutes, I'm glad the score was 8-3 (instead of) 2-1. We had people who didn't play very hard at all."

Murray didn't stop there. He made it clear he wasn't happy with the line of Jason Spezza -- who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a chest injury -- Heatley and winger Bryan Smolinski.

"They were no good at all," said Murray. "It's pretty obvious they gave up a lot of chances and they didn't make anything happen. As for Heatley, at least he tried to do something and there were a few others."

Already without captain Daniel Alfredsson, the Senators lost goalie Dominik Hasek in warmup with a sore back. He wasn't able to make his scheduled start.

"I just felt something in my lower back in the warmup," said Hasek, who added he hopes to play tomorrow against Washington.

"I wouldn't have been able to help the team because I wasn't really able to move around much. I felt bad because Alfredsson was already out of the lineup."

That meant Ray Emery was forced to go between the pipes and face the onslaught.

"I look at myself and obviously, there's some of those goals we'd like to have back," said Emery. "We feel bad. This was a big night for Dany Heatley to come back here.

"We wanted to get the win for him and we didn't play the way we were capable of playing."

While the Senators lead the league in goal scoring, it was the Thrashers who piled up the points yesterday.

HAT TRICK

Slava Kozlov had a hat trick along with an assist, while Ilya Kovalchuk also had four points.

But the guy with the biggest smile was Hossa.

"Did I have something to prove? No, everybody knows what kind of player I am," said Hossa.

"I try to play every game the same way, but to get a win over the team you used to play for is a good feeling for me.

"I tried to treat it as just another game, but I admit that I was nervous. I felt a lot better after my first goal. That was a lot of fun for me. It was good for us to get the win and that was a big two points."

Heatley, who faced a horde of Atlanta media, was disappointed his return didn't result in a victory. He was awarded a goal when the puck bounced off Kari Lehtonen's glove.

Chris Neil and Chris Kelly also scored Ottawa.

"We wanted the win and we wanted to get the two points and we weren't able to get the job done," said Heatley. "That was what was most important for me."


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