Emery: 'It was a humbling experience'

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

NASHVILLE, TENN. -- The Senators were tuned up real good in Music City.

In an absolutely terrible display of defensive zone coverage that generally left starting goalie Ray Emery strung out to dry, Ottawa was knocked back to the .500 mark with a one-sided 6-0 pummelling from the Predators last night.

"They were quicker, better and certainly more skillful," coach Bryan Murray said of the Predators in a defeat that ties the worst of the season for Ottawa, which also lost 6-0 to Toronto in Game 2. "And we couldn't get the puck out of our own end.

"We were attracted to the guy with the puck on their power play, all the time. They did everything at high speed and we couldn't handle it."

The humiliating loss at the Gaylord Entertainment Center leaves the Senators with a 16-16-1 record as they head to Buffalo to wrap up a four-game road trip tomorrow.

"It was a humbling experience," said Emery, who was pulled after allowing all six goals, on 14 shots, through 11:54 of the second period. "It's disappointing, but you've got to tip your hat to them. They played well and we made them look even better. I'd liked to have made some big saves early on."

To be fair, an injury list that already included Wade Redden and Daniel Alfredsson grew to include Peter Schaefer, who took the game off to deal with a severe case of pinkeye.

But that doesn't excuse the way the Senators played in their own end, with Joe Corvo mistakes resulting in two Scott Hartnell goals to open the game.

"The goals they scored, they moved the puck around really well," said Chris Phillips. "They were definitely pretty goals ... we're just upset we gave them those chances. They were tough ones (for Emery.)"

Alexander Radulov scored his 10th goal -- and toned down his usual celebration act a bit -- to give Nashville a 3-0 lead before the intermission.

After getting just three shots on the goal in the first period vs. Detroit, the Senators got only four in the opening 20 minutes against Chris Mason.

Steve Sullivan took over the second period with a natural hat trick.


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