Aw, shoot, is all Sens can say

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

It's just one of those things that defies explanation.

How can the Senators, blessed with so many great individual talents, now find themselves 0-for-16 in their last six shootouts?

The Senators were blanked again in the skills competition following the real game last night, losing 3-2 to the Devils at Scotiabank Place and dropping their second game in a row.

"We're all scorers, we all have moves, we can all put the puck in," said Senators winger Dany Heatley, who scored his 41st and 42nd goals last night (a career high), the second with just 30 seconds left in the third to force overtime.

"Maybe we're thinking too much instead of just scoring goals. We've lost six points in shootouts. What can I say? Shootouts aren't part of the playoffs, so we should be okay."

The Devils wound up winning after a long video review of a shot by Scott Gomez, the Devils' third shooter.

Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who had stopped Patrik Elias and had Brian Gionta shoot wide, slid back into the net while making the save on Gomez, dragging the puck into the net with him, it was ruled.

"I squeezed my legs together and I could feel the puck there, but my momentum took me back into the net. I tried to pop it out, but I guess I crossed the line with my knees," said Emery.

"We disagreed the puck was in the net, but they said they had it confirmed with an angle (that showed) the puck was in," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, the last Senator to score in a shootout back on Dec. 9 in Vancouver, was then stopped by Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur for the win.

Alfredsson was at a loss for words to explain the Senators' dry spell.

"I can't," he said. "Maybe the coach should try some different guys, put someone else out there. I can only speak for myself, but once you miss six in a row, or whatever it is I've missed, your confidence doesn't get higher. Maybe I should try some stupid move to mix it up."

Murray didn't like the fact the Senators hardly tested Brodeur.

PHILLIPS GOES DOWN

"It's crazy with the talent we have," he said. "We're shooting the puck and missing the net. We can't have that happening. We didn't make Martin Brodeur work. He just had to stand there."

To make things worse, the bad news didn't stop there as the Senators lost defenceman Chris Phillips to a knee injury in the first period.

"I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it's just a minor thing," said Murray.

Heatley's goals salvaged a point on what had been a mediocre night for the Senators' offence as Ottawa trailed 1-0 and 2-1.

The point gives the Senators 103, three more than the Hurricanes in the fight for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have played 71 games.

So, you must be wondering, when does the injury carousel stop spinning for the Senators?

The Senators went into last night's game already short franchise defenceman Zdeno Chara (hand injury) and solid youngster Anton Volchenkov (mild concussion) on the blue line. They joined goalie Dominik Hasek and forwards Martin Havlat and Mike Fisher on the outside looking in last night.

The Senators will try and avoid losing three games in a row for the first time this season when they host the Rangers tomorrow night.


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