Sens streak is over

Ottawa Senators' Brian McGrattan tries to tie up Carolina Hurricanes' Matt Cullen while Martin...

Ottawa Senators' Brian McGrattan tries to tie up Carolina Hurricanes' Matt Cullen while Martin Gerber makes a save during second period action Thursday night. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Well, you knew this night was coming.

The Senators, looking a little disorganized and maybe a little tired last night, lost their first game of the season, 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place. They at least made it interesting.

After trailing for most of the night, goals by Mike Fisher and Joe Corvo less than two minutes apart late in the third pulled them within a goal after trailing 4-1. The spark was short lived as Eric Staal's fifth goal of the season -- into an empty net after a shot by Corvo was blocked -- sealed the Hurricanes' win.

The Senators' spotty play earlier in the game proved to be too much to overcome. Too much standing around. Too many odd-man rushes.

What's important is how do they bounce back for a meeting with the New York Rangers tomorrow in The Big Apple?

"We knew we weren't going to win 82 (games)," said Fisher. "We're a skating team and we didn't skate well at all tonight. Mentally, we weren't sharp. We made a lot of mistakes at the lines and gave up odd-man rushes. Usually we don't allow those."

Maybe it had something to do with the fact the Senators were playing for the second straight night and the Hurricanes were sitting in Ottawa waiting. Maybe it had something to do with the fact the Senators were playing their sixth game in nine days. Maybe it had something to do with the fact the Hurricanes, Stanley Cup champions two years ago, look more like that team than the one that missed the playoffs last year.

The bottom line is the Senators lost for the first time and are now 5-1 on the season.

Senators goaltender Martin Gerber suffered his first loss in regulation time since last Dec. 10, a span of 17 games.

The first three Carolina goals were scored after Gerber had made the first save.

"They were putting pucks at the net and they had two or three guys there," said Gerber. "It was a tough battle."

The first one, Erik Cole's first of two on the night, also was the first power-play goal scored on the Senators this season. They had killed off 25 straight short-handed situations to start the season.


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