'A poor, poor game'

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Daniel Alfredsson tried a new model stick last night, one that has "a lower lie" and helps him to stickhandle and shoot better.

But apparently, this particular Easton can't lift a team all the way to victory.

The Senators captain had a goal and assist, but it wasn't enough as Ottawa's two-game winning streak was stopped by the Islanders in a 4-2 loss at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

"We played really good in spurts. Overall we just weren't good enough to win," said Alfredsson.

"We came on pretty good in the third, but it's disappointing. It's tough now. We've been climbing and playing pretty good.

"We can't afford to have (many) more slides. We've got to keep getting points."

A crowd of 13,108 watched the Senators lose their third in a row to the lowly New Yorkers this month. The Senators lost back-to-back games to the Islanders Nov. 11 and Nov. 13.

"I don't think we played very well at all," said coach Craig Hartsburg. "I don't think we competed hard enough for 60 minutes to beat that team."

A familiar theme, indeed. The sad effort broke a string of four strong ones by the Senators, who fell back into last place in the Northeast Division.

Prior to the upswing, Hartsburg had complained about a lack of effort from his team. At least on two separate occasions.

"They put pressure on us and we turned a lot of pucks over below the goal line in our end," said Hartsburg. "We didn't handle it very good.

"We played well for four games and had a bad game (last night). A poor, poor game. We can't continue ... we've done this before.

"We've got to bounce back Wednesday and be a lot better."

That's when the Senators play next, hosting the Thrashers at Scotiabank Place.

The score could have been worse. The Senators were given five consecutive penalties from 3:51 of the second to 5:13 of the third and managed to kill all of them.

The Senators allowed a 2-1 deficit slip to 3-1 when Freddy Meyer scored his second of the game before the second-minute mark of the third period.

But that goal also seemed to snap Ottawa to life.

The Senators were outshot 10-5 in the first period, but made good with one of their efforts when the Pizza Line combined to score the game's first goal and give Dany Heatley his 12th of the season.

Their lead lasted slightly more than five minutes before the Islanders' Andy Hilbert deflected a Meyer point shot past Alex Auld, who was making his eighth consecutive start in the Ottawa goal. Auld didn't have a chance on the redirect, which was signalled good after a replay review to see if Hilbert's stick was held too high.


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