Sens' OT loss 'annoying'

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

That old black magic came to an end for the Senators.

The Senators lost for the first time in the five games they've worn their new black jerseys when Stephen Weiss scored with just nine seconds left in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory.

The Senators got goals from Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Chris Kelly's first goal in 15 games, but it wasn't enough. Weiss beat Alex Auld with a shot from inside the blue line for the winner.

"It must have hit something because it changed direction," said Auld.

Making his 11th straight start in the Ottawa net against a Florida team playing without seven regulars, Auld had 40 shots sent his way. It wasn't one of his better nights.

"We had the lead and let it slip away," said Auld. "It's annoying to lose that way.

The Senators have been praised for their defence lately, but it wasn't so stellar last night. Three times in the first 40 minutes, the Senators took the lead, each time coughing it up.

"We kept giving it back to them. The whole game was a lot of sloppy plays," said Senators coach Craig Hartsburg. "We started to play early in the third and then we ran into some penalty trouble.

"I can't argue with the penalty calls, but there could have been some on the other side."

The Senators couldn't take advantage of a 5-on-3 power play for a span of 1:31 late in the second period, generating no good chances on Florida goalie Craig Anderson.

"We didn't execute and we didn't score," said Hartsburg.

Anderson, making his sixth straight start, also didn't look good on the goals by Heatley and Spezza. After a slow start, the Senators were tied 1-1 after the first period.

"It was one of those games where we had to battle for everything we got and I thought we did a pretty good job of that, but they played a pretty good road game," said Alfredsson.

Kelly opened the scoring at 7:31 of the first. He took a dive at a loose puck and swept the puck past a sprawling Anderson.

"We had the lead three times and give them credit for battling back," said Kelly. "You want to bury a team when you are up that many times."

The Senators travel to Chicago today to face the Hawks tomorrow at the United Center to open a two-game road trip.


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