Sens suffer a twin killing

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

The Senators knew it was going to be a struggle to start with, the first game back home after a long road trip and all that ...

So Ottawa defenceman Filip Kuba turns the puck over right inside the Senators blue line three minutes into the game, puts it right on the stick of Canucks forward Henrik Sedin and one pass later, it's 1-0 for the Canucks. It was 4-0 before the Senators showed a flicker of life.

The Senators lost the game 5-2 and Scotiabank Place got quite enough to hear all the momentum they earned during the road trip, earning nine of a possible 10 points, evaporate.

It was a tough spot going into the game, playing their sixth game in nine nights, getting in early Wednesday morning from Colorado, and finding out they would be without captain Daniel Alfredsson, sidelined for at least a week with a fractured jaw.

But ... wow.

"We made some mistakes you can't make, especially against a team like that," said Senators forward Mike Fisher, whose eighth goal of the season made it 4-2 late in the second period, but the Senators couldn't get anything past Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo after that.

"Every mistake we made was a dangerous mistake," said Senators coach Cory Clouston, who shook up his lines to try and get something going, flipping Fisher and Jason Spezza. The latter wound up the odd man out in the second with just four shifts and three minutes and 56 minutes of ice time.

"We got some chemistry and we got our feet going, so we decided to stick with that combination. (Spezza's) no different than the rest. He's got to respond with a better effort (tomorrow against the Habs in Montreal). That was a team effort that cost us the game in the first period," said Clouston.

The Henrik Sedin-Daniel Sedin-Alex Burrows line chewed up the Spezza-Dany Heatley-Ryan Shannon line to start the game. Spezza and Heatley each wound up minus-3 on the night.

Henrik Sedin wound up with a goal and three assists on the night, Burrows had a goal and two assists and Daniel Sedin a goal and an assist.

And that was just 28 minutes into the game.

"They seem to know where the other guy is going to be before he gets there. They make passes to open areas and they get there right away," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips.

"It was obviously one of their best periods and one of their best games of the year," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

Henrik made it 2-0 at 10:41 of the first after Daniel deked around Ottawa's Chris Kelly high in the slot and left Henrik the open back door. Defenceman Kevin Bieksa scored on the power play at 15:23 on a shot that looked like it changed direction on Senators goaltender Brian Elliott.

Daniel Sedin scored his 25th of the year to make it 4-0 on another turnover in the Senators' zone with Burrows swinging by a diving Anton Volchenkov and dishing to Sedin, who beat Phillips' check at 8:35 of the second.

With just under four minutes to go in the second, Fisher dished the puck off and then tangled with Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund in the slot, knocking him down and sending him sliding into the Vancouver net where he was a bit of a distraction to Luongo. Fisher then got a piece of a shot by Phillips for Fisher's eighth goal of the season.

Heatley wound up playing with Fisher and Shannon. Heatley had opened the scoring for the Senators on the power play for his 27th of the season with Nick Foligno throwing up a screen in front of Luongo at 12:37 of the second period.

For those still bothering to keep track, the Senators, stuck on 53 points, missed a good chance to try and cut into their 13-point deficit on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as the Canadiens (67), Panthers (66) and the Sabres (66), who hold down spots six through eight, all lost last night.


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