Senators still Duck soup

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Too little, too late.

The Senators mounted a furious third-period, three-goal comeback last night, only to drop a 4-3 decision to the Ducks in a rematch of the 2007 Stanley Cup final at Scotiabank Place.

The defeat closed out a brutal five-game homestand for the Senators, who picked up only two of a possible 10 points.

Now, as the Senators prepare to open a four-game road trip tonight against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, coach Craig Hartsburg and the players are left to wonder what it's going to take to earn a victory.

"It's getting almost to be like a broken record. We played with purpose to start and didn't stay with it," said Hartsburg, whose club dropped its third straight game.

"Then we get desperate. We start to get to the net and start to move our feet. Mentally, we have to get stronger. Our game when we're desperate, we look like two different teams."

Just when it looked like the goaltender Jonas Hiller and the Ducks were going to skate away with an easy victory after pulling out to a 4-0 lead after two periods, Daniel Alfredsson, Alexandre Picard and Chris Neil scored for the Senators in the third to make things interesting.

While winger Dany Heatley had three assists in the rally, it was Neil's first of the season at 10:48 of the period that brought Ottawa within a goal and ended the Senators' even-strength scoreless string at 162 minutes, 34 seconds.

Alfredsson started the comeback with a shot from the point with the club holding a two-man advantage at 6:47 and then Picard's second of the season at 7:24 brought the crowd to life.

"We've got to be better from the start of the game. We've got to make our own breaks," said Alfredsson. "If we can play better earlier and give ourselves a lead, we will put ourselves in a position."

While Hartsburg was hopeful goalie Alex Auld could step in and end Ottawa's skie, it would have helped if the Ottawa defence had a better effort in the first 30 minutes.

Ryan Getzlaf, Samuel Pahlsson and Brian Sutherby were simply allowed to chip pucks home for Anaheim, while Todd Marchant scored a bizarre second-period goal.

Marchant batted a puck out of the air, beating Auld from long range.

"I felt pretty good. There were some weird bounces," Auld said of the Marchant goal. "You gotta learn not to left that stuff (like Marchant's goal) bother you. We battled back in the third. The good thing is we've got resilience, we've just got to take the passion through the game."

Auld didn't get a whole lot of help on the opening goal by Anaheim. Picard, who has struggled through the early part of the season, allowed Sutherby to put a rebound into a wide-open net at 10:32 of the first.

Jason Spezza said the road trip should help the Senators.

"It's good for us to get on the road and to start playing as a team. I think we are a little jittery in front of our own crowd," said Spezza. "Maybe this will allow us to play as a team."


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