Senators lost series in Game 5

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET


 TORONTO -- The Senators had their season ended last night in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 But they lost the series in Game 5.

 In the wake of their fourth playoff loss in five years to the Leafs, Senators players kept coming back to their uninspired performance in Game 5, a 2-0 loss at the Air Canada Centre, as the turning point of the series.

 The Senators came out flat in that one with the series tied 2-2 and the Leafs playing their first full game without captain and offensive leader Mats Sundin.

 The Leafs abandoned their usual run-and-gun style for a patient, defensive game and the Senators did little to try and force the issue, playing right into the Leafs' hands in that one.

 'WE HAD CHANCES'

 "There were games we would like to have back and Game 5 is one of them," said Senators centre Todd White. "This had nothing to do with the Leafs. We had chances and we couldn't bang them in. Game 5 is definitely a game like would like to have back. We proved in Game 6 we could come back. Tonight wasn't the difference.

 "We lost Game 5 and we gave ourselves no margin for error. It's very disappointing losing to them four out of five years, but I don't think we have a mental block. Game 5 was a real momentum changer for them."

 Senators defenceman Chris Phillips said the Senators will regret their performance in that crucial game.

 "What's more disappointing is when look back on the series, Game 5 was a tough one."

 The Senators will have a lot of time now to contemplate their regrets.

 "I thought we were the better team coming in," said Senators centre Mike Fisher, the hero of the short-lived comeback started with a win in Game 6.


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