Ugly night at the rink

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

Straight off the most entertaining game at Scotiabank Place this season, the Senators combined with the Dallas Stars to produce an absolute dud Wednesday night.

It was one of those nights when maybe a little boisterous encouragement from the customers would have pumped some life into the home team, but this IS Ottawa and, from the SBP pressbox anyway, those people are about as noisy as church mice.

The loudest display of support since Monday’s thriller against the Kings came from the two people who plunked down $24,000 each at a Senators Foundation fundraiser to have dinner with Mike Underwood and Carrie Fisher.

Very nice gesture, indeed.

“I don’t think we’re that exciting, but we’ll try to entertain as best we can,” Mike joked — referring to he and his wife, not him and his teammates — after Wednesday’s morning skate.

Guess that means Jason Spezza and his wife Jennifer won’t have to be nearly as amusing, as somebody else dolled out $5,000 to dine with them.

Meanwhile, Mike isn’t fooling himself into believing people paid a total of 48 large to chew the fat with him.

“That’s for sure. It was because of the better half,” he said. “If it was just Spezz and I, it would probably be him (going for more).

“I probably would bid that for a night alone with my wife,” he added, with a chuckle. “Because they’re few and far between.”

Chris Kelly had some fun with the moment, as he usually does.

“I think they’re both extremely high,” he said of the winning bids on his teammates. “Who’s paying five grand to eat with Spezz. I eat with him on the road all the time, and it doesn’t cost me five grand. But Fish, 24 grand? That’s a lot of money.”

Kelly applauded the support of such a good cause, as the dough is headed for Roger’s House.

“People love Fish here,” he said, “but obviously having your wife as a superstar helps too.”

If only she could have spiced up Wednesday’s game with an impromptu concert.

STARTS AND STOPS

Really, what kind of chance did the Senators have against Dallas, with Gary Roberts, now a Stars front office employee, in the house? Fittingly, it was a No. 10 (Brenden Morrow) who scored the game winning goal against Ottawa ... Alex Kovalev tried flipping a pass over the Dallas net to Peter Regin in the second. Wonder if he learned that move from the pizza makers at Louis’ in Vanier, who he credited on national TV with helping him get point No. 1000?

THINGS I THINK I THINK

Pascal Leclaire went to his knees far too early on Trevor Daley’s first goal of the game ... A conversation between Erik Karlsson and Bryan Murray outside the Senators dressing room after the morning skate included a lot of hand gesturing, mostly by Karlsson.

I think I think the benched defenceman was talking about something other than what he plans to get Cory Clouston for Christmas ... Even Ottawa’s lone goal, by Ryan Shannon, was a thing of ugly.

BETWEEN PERIODS

Usually a pretty decent quote, Leclaire lost me with the first thing that came out of his mouth in his scrum following the 2-1 loss.

“It was a pretty good game,” he said ... The Stars called up D-man Severin Blindenbacher before the game. Coach Marc Crawford guesses he was the “best Severin” in the league. Alas, he was a healthy scratch.

C’MON MAN!

Crawford had his goaltending rotation worked out well before Wednesday’s game, but in outlining his reasons for going with who he did against Ottawa after the morning skate, he mentioned that Andrew Raycroft was a “former Senator.” Clearly, Crawford has spent too much time in the Western Conference. “Former Senators meal ticket, maybe,” one wag cracked of the ex-Maple Leaf. Not on this night.

If the Senators would have pulled this one out of the fire at the end, it would have gone against one of the first things the late, great Pat Burns told me.

It would have meant you actually can make chicken salad out of chicken, umm, crap.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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