Sens know importance of shootout points

Senators goalie Craig Anderson at practice Oct. 7. (QMI Agency)

Senators goalie Craig Anderson at practice Oct. 7. (QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

It really is a game of bounces and inches.

At least half the time Milan Michalek hits the cross bar, the puck goes over the line for a goal. In Saturday’s shootout loss to Toronto, it skipped south instead of north.

“It was just a bad bounce,” the Senators winger was still lamenting two days later. “If it jumped on the other side Ë™ I think it was a good move.”

Michalek’s attempt came after Mason Raymond’s controversial spinarama, so he could have only tied the count. Jason Spezza had more pressure. He needed to score to prolong the shootout, and he didn’t.

But who knows what would have happened had Michalek gone bar-in instead of bar-out? A momentum switch? A win?

“It was just a few millimetres,” said Michalek. “A few millimetres and we could have two points instead of one. It’s tough.”


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