After being shut out 3-0 by the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night the Ottawa Senators struggled to find the words to explain their latest setback.
The Senators (2-5-1) seemed to take one step forward with a win over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night and three steps back with a disappointing performance against the Canadiens.
"It's frustrating because we know we need to start winning and getting on a role and getting better," said Mike Fisher. "It's got to start sometime and all we can do is look forward to Tuesday."
From start to finish Montreal was the better team with Andrei Kostitsyn leading the way with two goals and Carey Price making 19 saves.
Kostitsyn opened the scoring off the rush midway through the first as Montreal took advantage early.
Ottawa failed to register a shot on goal until the 13-minute mark of the first and the team wasn't much better in the second. Price had a relatively easy night in recording his first shutout of the season and the fifth of his career.
"Our guys played great tonight," said Price. "(The shutout) was awesome, but just secondary as we all wanted to come in and get the win."
Once the Senators fell behind they never seemed to be able to rally and the overall effort left much to be desired.
"It's not just one thing, if it was one thing you could address it," Chris Kelly said. "It seems to be all parts of our game. Obviously getting the puck to the net, creating offensive opportunities, taking care of our own end and getting outworked at times."
Benoit Pouliot made it 2-0 at 13:42 mark of the second, burying a rebound off the back boards over a sprawled Brian Elliott.
Less than five minutes later, Kostitsyn picked up his second, beating Elliott short side after being left all alone.
The two teams met last Saturday in Montreal when the Canadiens (4-2-1) scored a 4-3 come-from-behind win. Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist in that one.
Elliott stopped 31 shots Saturday and could hardly be blamed for the loss as his teammates struggled to create any offence.
"We've got to find our footing here," said Elliott. "As a goaltender you just have to be the backbone and keep us in games until we figure stuff out. We did some positive things in the game and we have to look to that and move forward."
Despite controlling the play for extended periods of time in the third, the Senators never managed to create any real scoring chances.