Shut down in shootout

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

Aw shoot! Not again!

The Senators lost their sixth straight game -- 3-2 in a shootout -- to the Montreal Canadiens last night at Scotiabank Place.

Alex Tanguay scored the winner after Antoine Vermette was stopped.

While Nick Foligno and Dany Heatley scored for the Senators and Alex Auld was strong, Ottawa continues to be the NHL's worst shootout team, with their record dropping to 7-20.

"It's tough not to get the results," said Auld.

The Senators should have been able to put away the two points, but defenceman Andrei Markov fired a blast past Auld at 15:36 of the third to tie it at 2-2.

While Montreal goaltender Carey Price made some good stops, he didn't look very good on Foligno's goal at 4:58 of the third on the power play. Price lost Alex Picard's shot from the point and with the puck sitting in the crease, Foligno dove and poked it past Price.

"We had our chances to win," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "The effort is there. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We'd love to find ways to win and get two points.

"We need to score goals.We've got to find guys to put the puck in a consistent basis. Our record is terrible. It's a lot of points that we can get down the road."

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg had a hard time hiding his displeasure when what appeared to be a goal by Anton Volchenkov was called back with 2:05 left in the second.

With Auld leaving the net for an extra attacker on a delayed penalty, Shean Donovan threw the puck into the slot and Volchenkov beat Price on the stick side, but the officials insisted they blew the whistle.

"(The official) deemed that (the Habs) had control of the puck. I don't know how you miss that," said Hartsburg. "We've put two games together and we've competed hard for 65 minutes. We have to continue to play like that and we will get a reward. That's the way it is. We've got to find ways to be better."

Really, this is just typical of a team that's having a hard time scoring goals and Vermette might be the poster boy for those problems. He was halted by Price with a pad save on a breakaway in the second and saw a golden opportunity slide out of the crease in the first.

While Foligno scored the go-ahead goal on the power play, the Senators still have work to do with the man advantage. They are having a difficult time getting shots through when they set up in the offensive zone.

Called up from the AHL's Binghamton Senators with Mike Fisher and Chris Neil on the injury list, Cody Bass tried to get the troops fired up by going toe-to-toe with Steve Begin.

While Bass landed his share of punches, it was Begin who scored the takedown.

The Senators were flying when the puck was dropped.

Heatley opened the scoring by beating Price on the stick side from the slot at 4:21 and missed another golden opportunity when he hit the post midway through the period.

The Senators host the Rangers tomorrow at 3 p.m.


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