Not much good to take from last night's game in Buffalo.
The Senators got behind early and never really seemed to recover after that. The end result was an ugly 5-1 final that sent the Sens to their fifth straight loss. No time to dwell on the loss though as Ottawa is right back at it in Toronto tonight.
When Daniel Alfredsson suffered a concussion a couple weeks ago, people speculated that it could be a long term injury for the Sens Captain.
Concussions are always tough to diagnose and in the first couple days, it certainly had all the hallmarks of a serious injury. Well the normal injury standards simply do not apply to Alfie. On 11/11/11, Daniel Alfredsson is expected to return to the Ottawa line up.
It was a game the Ottawa Senators should have won.
If not for a couple of sloppy turnovers in the second period of last night's game, the Sens would have come away with two points. Instead, the Rangers were able to capitalize on Ottawa mistakes and send Ottawa to their fourth straight defeat.
The Ottawa Senators play their last home game until late November, tonight when they play host to the New York Rangers.
This is the first time the two teams have met since Wojtek Wolski sidelined Daniel Alfredsson with an elbow to the head. Neither player will be in the line up tonight.
As the Ottawa Senators pass the fifteen game mark in this, their 20th season in the NHL, they have already managed to turn some heads.
After a couple of one-sided losses at the hands of the Avalanche and the Flyers, it looked like this season was going to be every bit as ugly as some of the experts had predicted. But when the Sens managed to reel off six straight wins, it was clear that this hockey team was going to be no pushover this season.
(UPDATE 11:21 AM)- Sens are on the ice for practice this morning and according to Ian Mendes on Twitter, there is no sign of Nikita Filatov. Filatov is on his way back to Binghamton after spending the majority of his call up on the team's fourth line.
The Senators fell last night at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens but will have no time to dwell on the loss as they play host to the Buffalo Sabres.
Paul MacLean spoke with the media this morning and indicated that there will be no changes to the line up. That means Craig Anderson gets the start in goal and Rundblad and Konopka will be the healthy scratches.
After two days of Turris talk and heated debate over the non-suspension to Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski, there is finally a Sens game to look forward to!
The Ottawa Senators will look to bounce back from a loss in Boston on Tuesday night when they play host to the Montreal Canadiens. Habs come into this one having won three straight games after a slow start to the season.
(UPDATE 11:37 AM)- Daniel Alfredsson met with the media for the first time since suffering a concussion last weekend and indicated there is no timetable for his return. He is still experiencing symptoms including dizziness.
Spoke with a contact about this last night and he suggested this is going to be a long term injury for the Captain.
All good things must come to an end I suppose.
It was a run that included unlikely wins, come from behind efforts and last second thrillers but it all came to an end tonight as the Ottawa Senators ran into a streak stopper in the form of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.