OTTAWA - The Senators spent Monday looking for answers to put an end to their six-game losing skid.
After getting hammered 5-0 by the Maple Leafs Saturday night and taking Sunday off, the Senators went back to work with a 50-minute skate that was spent mostly going to the net and trying to score.
That’s been a big issue as the Senators prepare to face the Blues on Tuesday in Game 3 of their five-game homestand. If Ottawa is going to get back on track, it has got to start putting the puck in the net.
“We’re not scoring the goals. It’s as simple as that,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson. “Three weeks ago, it seemed like we knew it was going to happen. Now, when it hasn’t, we’ve lost a few games in a row and it doesn’t happen automatically.
“I don’t know if that’s totally a bad thing, either. You learn from these experiences. Even though we know we can come from behind, we need to be better early in games. We have to get better as a team to do that.”
Trying to get the offence going, coach Paul MacLean made a minor shuffle Monday. He moved winger Colin Greening back to a line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Erik Condra was skating with Kyle Turris and Alfredsson.
Winger Nick Foligno was on the third line with Zack Smith and Chris Neil.
The guys paid the money to score goals know they have to find ways to light the red lamp.
“You’re always pressing when it’s not going in and nobody likes getting shut out,” said Foligno. “We believe in our abilities and the goals are going to come. It’s just a matter of doing some of the little things right now. Whether that’s getting to the net or getting shots at the net. Once you do that, I think you’re going to see goals start going in and it’s just a matter of breaking through that barrier.
“All of the guys that score take it upon ourselves to make sure we put that puck in the net and bring offence.
“We expect (Craig Anderson) to stop the puck, we expect our (defence) to keep pucks out of our net and the forwards to create goals and opportunities. If we do that, we’re going to see more goals happen.”
The Senators are in a battle for a playoff spot and this slide hasn’t left them on the outside looking in, so they shouldn’t make this situation any worse than it is just because they got beaten by their hated enemies from Toronto.
“At the start of the year. our goal was to try to be a playoff team. Now our goal is to try to be a playoff team,” said Spezza. “We’re not trying to win the Presidents’ Trophy or blow teams out. We’re just trying to win games and make the playoffs.
“Even though we were playing well for a time, our goal was always just to make the playoffs and give ourselves a chance to get in. Once you get in, everybody has a chance and we had that expectation of ourselves to start the year. We’re in the position we’re in now, with a chance to make the playoffs because we believed at the start.”