Senators fall flat in must-win, lose big to Rangers

Senators players leave the rink at the end of an ugly 8-4 loss to the Rangers in Ottawa on Tuesday,...

Senators players leave the rink at the end of an ugly 8-4 loss to the Rangers in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

OTTAWA - Facing a must-win, the Senators fell flat on their face Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Big game. Bigger disappointment. A total disgrace in front of 17,326.

The Senators vowed they wouldn’t go down without a fight for a spot in the post-season, but that was hardly the case in an embarrassing 8-4 defeat to the New York Rangers.

The Senators are heading in the wrong direction as they try to get in the race with their fourth straight loss as Bobby Ryan, Mika Zibanajed, Milan Michalek and Mike Hoffman beat Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist stretched his record to 8-1-1 in Ottawa with 35 stops. Gatineau’s Derrick Brassard and Rick Nash had two goals each while Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Benoit Pouliot and John Moore also chipped in.


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