B's breeze by Senators

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

No Daniel Alfredsson.

No hope for the Senators.

The Senators stole a page out of Ray Emery's playbook last night at Scotiabank Place.

First, they reported late for duty, then didn't bother to make much of an effort in an 4-1 loss to the Bruins as Ottawa closed out January with a mediocre 7-7 record.

Only hours after Ottawa coach John Paddock asked the players to give him a strong defensive effort, the Senators left many wondering if they have what it takes to win without Alfredsson, who was out with hip flexor injury.

Asked how you replace Alfredsson before the game, Paddock said: "You don't."

The Senators are now winless in the three games Alfredsson has missed as a result of the injury he originally suffered Jan. 17 and recurred in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Islanders. Only Antoine Vermette was able to beat Tim Thomas in the third period, but it was too late.

The weak effort also resulted in the Senators' third loss in four games on home ice.

Martin Gerber didn't come up with any big saves last night, so expect to see Ray Emery start tomorrow in Toronto against the Leafs.

The Senators did beat Thomas another time when Chris Kelly tipped a Joe Corvo shot into the net at 11:12 of the first. However, the officials went upstairs and it was ruled no goal.

The Senators did have their moments. It looked like they might be able to get a little momentum by killing off a 5-on-3 advantage with Vermette and Wade Redden in the box late in the second.

Thomas, who has 6-4-0-1 record against the Senators lifetime, lunged to make a couple of big stops on Vermette and Kelly late in the second period, however, that was one of the few chances the Bruins did give up.

After everything the Senators have been through with Emery showing up late for practice and being fined this, nobody was shocked Paddock didn't give Gerber the hook when he surrendered three goals on seven shots to the Bruins in the first period.

Sure, Gerber could have come up with a big stop in the first, but he wasn't get any kind of support from the players in front of him.

Paddock asked centre Jason Spezza to step up, but it was his turnover that resulted in the second goal by Boston's Milan Lucic at 3:18 of the second.

At that point, you knew the Senators were in trouble. Phil Kessel opened the scoring only 28 seconds into the first period on the second shot of the game when Marc Savard won a faceoff in the Ottawa zone. Kessel fired it home on the stick side. Savard scored later in the period.


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