Sens paying the penalty

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Beyond the wins and losses -- the Senators have lost three games in a row for the first time this year -- you just have to look at the team's penalty killing to see the impact of the absence of their Big Three on the blue line.

The Senators, who are still missing Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden and Chris Phillips, have allowed 10 power-play goals in the last five games on just 24 chances.

That's a pathetic penalty-killing percentage of just 58.3%.

The Senators have fallen to fourth overall in the league and tumbled to ninth at home.

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The Canadiens suffered a big blow Saturday night when gritty forward Steve Begin went down with a knee injury.

He had an MRI yesterday and the extent of the damage won't be known until tonight or tomorrow.

Begin, who often has the crowd at the Bell Centre chanting his name with his dynamic physical play, will also be missed on the Habs' penalty kill. With Begin out, Richard Zednik, who has been a healthy scratch for the last three games, could get back in the lineup.

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The Senators have 3,000 tickets left for each of their last two regular season home games, tomorrow against the Boston Bruins and for the Florida Panthers' visit Thursday ... There are only 250 tickets left for Game 1 of the playoffs, 1,000 for Game 2 and 2,500 apiece for Games 3 and 4 at Scotiabank Place.


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