Sens have stinking feeling

Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber looks down after the Toronto Maple Leafs scored their first...

Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber looks down after the Toronto Maple Leafs scored their first goal in the first period on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 at Scotiabank Place. (Ottawa Sun/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:39 PM ET

It was the ultimate humiliation. Losing 6-0 is bad enough. But when it's the Toronto Maple Leafs doing the thrashing ... well, that's just embarrassing.

It won't be a night to remember for goalie Martin Gerber, though coach Bryan Murray was quick to deflect the blame for last night's home-opener loss at Scotiabank Place.

"I don't blame Martin Gerber," said Murray. "He let in one bad goal."

Chad Kilger and Darcy Tucker each scored twice, while Alexei Ponikarovsky also had a goal to chase Gerber after two periods. Bates Battaglia completed the scoring for the Leafs.

Did the Leafs want it more?

"Of course they did," said Murray. "There were so many odd-man rushes and we left Gerber all by himself. I don't know if after we won (4-1 on Wednesday), we spent a lot of time patting ourselves on the backs, but it looked that way.

"It wasn't the goaltending. (The Leafs) came out hard from the drop of the puck. They took it to us in every part of the game. We've got to play better than that. We've got a lot of work to do."

Not only was this the worst home-opening loss in team history, it's also the third time in franchise history the club has lost 6-0 to the Leafs.

The pasting started out with a bad goal by Kilger that somehow got through Gerber.

"I thought after that first goal, the Leafs kind of took the play to us from there," said Gerber. "I've got to make that save. It's really disappointing to have this happen. You want to play well, especially at home, and you're excited about playing here."

"We have a light schedule here and we have some work to do because if we play like that many nights this month we're not going to win many games," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Talk about ugly.

The Senators had chances early. Dany Heatley had a couple of golden opportunities slip through his hands, when he couldn't get his stick on the puck.

Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves, but it wasn't a difficult night for him. The Ottawa power play was 0-for-5.

"I thought we played a pretty good game (Wednesday) night and when I said that some people looked at me like I was growing a second head," said Toronto coach Paul Maurice. "I thought tonight we played a little angrier."


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