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‘We’re clearly frustrated': Senators fall to Devils

Dec 18, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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Win, loss, win, loss. It’s been the story of an inconsistent Ottawa Senators team these past two weeks or so.

The Senators, looking to follow up Monday’s 3-2 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues with another positive result, fell flat against the New Jersey Devils in a 5-2 road loss Wednesday evening.

Afterward, the Senators held a closed-door meeting, which included general manager Bryan Murray according to numerous reports.

“It wasn’t a friendly [meeting],” Senators’ veteran defenseman Chris Phillips told NHL.com. “It was, ‘We gotta be better.’ We gotta expect more from ourselves and play better as a team.”

The angst is growing in Canada’s national capital.

“We’re clearly frustrated with our lack of being able to follow up a win with another win,” said Senators’ forward and captain Jason Spezza, as per the Ottawa Sun.

“That comes right from the top from every guy on the team. As an organization we’re all disappointed with our inability to string together some games and get any traction.”

The Senators made the playoffs last season, but will be in tough to repeat the feat by the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

They currently sit sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 14-16-6 record. A win against the Devils would’ve put them one point back of their provincial rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for fifth in the division.

  1. 950003cups - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Have the Devils fallen that far down the totem pole? This is the 2nd team we beat that went in to closed door meetings right away.

    • thecheeman - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Yes and it’s seemed like the other team has played their backup goalies against the Devils at whim this year.

  2. bruinspaw - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Hows Karlsson playing this season? Know it was well reported he had a tough return last season but hasn’t been a follow up, unless i missed it, to how he is fairing this season.

    • sens101 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Hes playing ok. Offensively he has played well. Defensively, below par and the level he was playing at when he won the norris.

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    The Senators lack leadership. Alfie going to DET has really hurt this time. His locker room character alone may have changed the Sens season to where they’d be a contender this year.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I don’t think it’s about leadership. The Flyers have played the Senators 3 times already (so that’s all I’ve seen of them) but two of those games weren’t competitive. It seemed as if there are too many nights when guys aren’t skating. Maybe it’s a lack of leadership getting them in gear but these are professionals who shouldn’t need a kick every night to play to their potential. A huge problem is obviously Craig Anderson. He hasn’t been close to the form he’s shown the past few years. So if he’s not there to bail the team out it takes away from their aggressive offensive approach in which Karlsson, Spezza, Michalek, etc like to take chances.

      Personally, I just believe the Senators aren’t close to as talented as ppl built them up to be. I mean folks were predicting Cup contention but I never saw that. Just look at their defense corps… outside Karlsson it’s very average. And when they’re not getting secondary scoring from players like Conacher then it puts a lot of pressure on the top guys. Plus, as I mentioned, the goaltending has been so-so.

      • sens101 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        well i think they overachieved last year which unfairly raised expectations. Their compete level is not where it needs to be. Outside of a few games, they haven’t been competing for a full 60 mins. The other big problem is turnovers while breaking out and at the ofsneive blueline because they try to carry the puck in every time. Missing alfies leadership def hurts and the amount of afternoon games they play (i think tops in the NHL) does not help, though they are pros so this is not an excuse.

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