Sens' Bobby Ryan feeling a little shootout déjà vu

Ottawa Senators Bobby Ryan stretching during practice at the Sensplex on Thursday, October 24,2013....

Ottawa Senators Bobby Ryan stretching during practice at the Sensplex on Thursday, October 24,2013. Errol McGihon/QMI Agency

Don Brennan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 PM ET

Bobby Ryan scored another big goal for the Senators Sunday -- and once again he was denied with the game on the line.

Ryan salvaged a point for Ottawa when his eighth of the season beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen with 9.6 seconds left in regulation. Lehtonen exacted his revenge, however, when he stopped Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and then Ryan in the shootout.

It was a little bit of déjà vu for Ryan, who was also stopped by Evgeni Nabokov as he tried to extend Friday's shootout with the New York Islanders.

"I don't even think (Nabokov) was really in the net and I found a way to put it into his pad," Ryan said after Sunday's loss to the Stars. "Today I thought I made a pretty strong move "¦ maybe he was expecting it, but I saw a lot of net there. Unfortunately, I missed my mark, about a foot too high.

"You get one (in a shootout) and you start to feel a little more comfortable," added Ryan. "I need one to break through here, especially if I'm going to be going third in that clutch opportunity. I need to step up a little bit."

Ryan was able to "step up" in regulation time, tying the game despite the fact the shaft of his stick snapped as he shot the puck.

"I can't remember the last time I got a bounce like that," said Ryan, who also had an assist against the Coyotes. "I think it actually helped because he was predicting a high shot and I truthfully wasn't aiming, I was just trying to label one. He had my number tonight "¦ he made (five) saves off me. So I was just trying to pound one through. I'll take a knuckleball goal, absolutely."

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