Sens of urgency issued in Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

BOSTON -- Playoff tickets went on sale yesterday at Scotiabank Place, but they had better come with a money back guarantee.

The Senators haven't booked their own ticket to the big dance yet.

Yes, if the Senators miss the post-season, it may be the most monumental choke in the history of hockey after a 15-2 start to the season. But they've opened the door to that frightening possibility after dropping a lifeless 4-0 decision to the undermanned Boston Bruins at the TD BankNorth Garden.

The Senators were so concerned with how horrible they looked with only three games left in the season, they held a 15-minute players only meeting to talk about the fact they need to get their act together starting with Tuesday's visit by the Montreal Canadiens.

"It just seems like it's just been a snowball, that everyone in here felt that we were going to get a hold of," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. "It's just kept rolling and rolling, and it's gotten tougher and tougher. You look at the standings now and the outcomes the last little while, hopefully that snowball hits a brick wall."

But this loss was alarming. The Senators dropped their second straight and have just two victories in seven games as the Bruins moved within two points of them for the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference.

It may be a long shot for the Washington Capitals to catch the Senators to grab the final playoff position, but don't forget the Capitals get the tiebreaker because they swept the four-game season series.

Sure, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas had to make some good stops in the 34 shots he faced, but the Senators didn't have much in the way of chances. The big line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley was invisible, and so was everybody else for that matter.

"Not only the top line, a number of the guys have to play harder and have to do more with the puck. We can't win if our good players don't lead the way," said frustrated Senators GM/coach Bryan Murray.

"A majority of the guys understand, and they are competing, but in (the Boston) zone and in the corners, we certainly got out-battled. We couldn't recover the puck often enough to create scoring chances, and that was the disappointing part for me.

"The guys understand the urgency and the fact we have to win some games. Not only win for points, you have to win for yourself. That will give us a bit of a confidence level."


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