Brian's cryin' costs Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

When Brian Lee couldn't bite his tongue last night, the Sharks took a bite out of the Senators.

A second-period double-minor that included an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for mouthing off to the officials to the usually mild-mannered Lee, resulted in two power-play goals by San Jose as the Senators dropped a 2-1 decision in front of 17,791 fans at Scotiabank Place.

"It's just undisciplined. I have to be better than that," said Lee, whose penalties helped the Sharks' second-ranked power play strike twice. "I was a little surprised, but I shouldn't have said anything."

REFS BOOED BIG TIME

The fans rained down boos on referees Greg Kimmerly and Paul Devorski after the call on Lee, which led to the fourth straight power play for the Sharks.

That might be okay on some nights, but when you give the NHL's best team -- 93 points -- that kind of opportunity, it's going to come back and, well, bite you.

Lee, 21, was his own worst enemy. Though the Sharks didn't score on a hooking penalty he took at 6:21 that followed on the heels of a hooking call on Jarkko Ruutu, San Jose was licking its chops midway through the second.

Sent to the box for holding, Lee couldn't keep his mouth shut and was given an unsportsmanlike call. Then, he was forced to sit and watch as Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 12:44 on the second power play after Milan Michalek tied it up at 11:26 on the first penalty to Lee.

Asked what he said, Lee replied: "It's not important."

The Senators' fate was pretty much sealed after that if you consider the fact they are 1-23-3 when trailing after two periods this season.

"I have no idea what he said to the referee. He can't be opening his mouth. He's got to suck it up, take the penalty and we've got to go out there and kill it," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "Especially at that point, it was our third in a row and then it became our fourth in a row.

"It just adds up. As a young guy, you've got to earn that respect to be able to at least talk to the referees and you've got to approach them with respect. I don't recall that type of situation before (in Binghamton). It wasn't showboating with his hands or gestures so I don't know what."

FISHER NETS LONE GOAL

Centre Mike Fisher was the only Senator who was able to solve San Jose backup goalie Brian Boucher, who made 24 stops to earn first career win over Ottawa.

Fisher opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season on the power play at 13:46 of the first period, tipping a shot from the point by defenceman Chris Campoli past Boucher on the glove side.

"You've got to be disciplined by staying focused and smart. For the most part, I thought we played a pretty good game," said Fisher. "Other than some of the undisciplined stuff, I thought 5-on-5 we played pretty good against a good team. We got some chances and Boucher made some huge saves, especially late."

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA


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