Sens loss a 'pane' in the butt

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

CALGARY -- Playing the Flames turned out to be a pain, or pane, if you prefer, for the Senators.

Trying to complete their first sweep of Alberta since 2003, the Senators were forced to deal with a 35-minute delay because of a broken pane of glass and then they couldn’t break Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in a 2-0 loss Thursday night at the Saddeldome.

After picking up a 4-1 victory over the Oilers in Edmonton on Tuesday, the Senators came up empty on 33 shots as Kiprusoff recorded his 34th career shutout. It’s the fourth time this season that Ottawa has been blanked. Jamal Mayers and Chris Higgins scored for the Flames.

“We had a lot of good opportunities to score more than one or two goals,” said Senators coach Cory Clouston.

A Jason Spezza shot in the warmup broke a pane of glass in the corner and then watching it being fixed was, um, pane-ful. Twice, workers brought out the wrong size glass and then had to cut a new pane before rolling it onto the ice.

The Senators were without centre Chris Kelly, who was out with a lower-body injury. He didn’t take part in the morning skate and was on the ice for the pre-game warmup. Shean Donovan replaced Kelly.

Clouston stuck with Brian Elliott in net after he made 18 stops Tuesday in Edmonton. With the Flames clinging to a 1-0 lead, Higgins scored the insurance goal with a bullet shot by Elliott’s glove side at 9:05 of the third period.

The Senators had plenty of opportunities, but they couldn’t solve Kiprusoff.

Ottawa was 0-for-5 on the power play and when Kiprusoff wasn’t there to make the big save, like he did on Mike Fisher late in the second period, the Flames were blocking shots.

Peter Regin had a shot bounce off the crossbar as Ottawa tried to tie up the game in the third.

Neither team had much in the way of chances in the first period as they tried to find their legs after the delay. The shots were 4-4 and the Senators didn’t record their first shot on Kiprusoff until he made a good save on Donovan with only 9:03 left in the period.

The Senators looked like they were going to tie it up at 7:36 of the first on the power play. While Milan Michalek was able to tip Erik Karlsson’s shot from the point by Kiprusoff, officials Tom Kowal and Rob Martell waved it off immediately because of a high stick.

Nobody put up much of an argument, but the indications are replay officials in Toronto couldn’t find video evidence to overrule the call.

“I thought it was easily a goal. It hit below his hands,” Clouston said Michalek. “His arms were tight to his body. It wasn’t nearly above his shoulders. I’m not sure how that is waved off.”

Spezza, who was in front when Karlsson fired the shot, did speak with the referees before the puck was dropped at the start of the second.

That came after Mayers scored his first in a Calgary uniform on the Flames’ first shot of the game. A misplay by Elliott, trying to stop a puck behind his own net, resulted in a turnover to Curtis Glencross. He threw it out front and Mayers beat Elliott stick side at 5:29.


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