Smartin' Gerber

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Martin Gerber couldn't save the puck or himself yesterday.

The Senators goalie was yanked for the second time in four games as Ottawa fell 5-2 to the Rangers yesterday in front of 20,003 restless fans at Scotiabank Place.

While Joe Corvo and Dany Heatley scored for the Senators, the heat on the club's goaltending has now been turned on high after Gerber was pulled and replaced again by Ray Emery.

"It just seems like I'm having a tough time right now," Gerber said following Ottawa's sixth straight defeat.

The Senators were booed off the ice after a horrible first period that saw the Rangers pull out to a 3-0 lead on only 12 shots.

While fans booed Senators coach John Paddock last Saturday for pulling Gerber against the Flyers after Philly tied the game 3-3, one of the loudest cheers yesterday came with the announcement Emery was taking over after 20 minutes.

"We were down 3-0 early in the game, in our building and I thought we had to make a change," said Paddock. "A couple of them weren't the best goals. I don't think he had a chance on (Brendan) Shanahan's (first goal) because it was bang-bang.

THREE QUICK GOALS

"It's a combination of wanting a change to shake things up and the first goal was a long shot where we need to have that save, for sure."

Dan Girardi scored only 3:37 into the first, Shanahan picked up his first of the game less than four minutes later and Jaromir Jagr chipped in his seventh of the season at 11:40 on the power play.

So much for Gerber getting back on his game. He can't do a lot when he doesn't get help, but he looked lost on Girardi's goal and lunged awkwardly at Shanahan's shot.

"We all have to take responsibility for the fact we're losing," said Senators centre Jason Spezza. "Right now, it's about confidence and it's a bad excuse. We're not making plays, we're not breaking out of our own end and we seem timid.

"I don't know. It's not through the lack of effort. We're trying. It's a lot harder to get out of losing streaks than it is to keep winning. We've just got to make sure we find a way out of this."

The Senators, who have picked up points in two of the losses, haven't had a six-game losing streak since March 1996 in Jacques Martin's first year behind the bench.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist didn't have to do a whole heck of a lot yesterday to earn the win. Once the Senators got down 4-0, they seemed content to hand over the two points.

The Senators looked like they were skating in sand for the first 35 minutes, showing little energy.

Paddock switched up his lines to try and shake the Senators out of their doldrums. At one point, the coach added tough guy Brian McGrattan to the Spezza-Heatley line.

"We've just got to be concerned with getting our game back," said Heatley.

It's not going to be easy for the Senators to turn things around, as the schedule only gets more difficult.

Starting with Tuesday's game against the Lightning in Tampa, the Senators will play five straight and nine of its next 11 games on the road.


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