And it showed on the scoreboard.
Determined to dig deep after attending the funeral of Daron Richardson Wednesday morning, the Senators were thumped 7-1 by the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.
While the Senators lost their sixth straight in Raleigh since Dec. 12, 2007, they had a tough time focusing following a two-hour trek here from Ottawa after supporting assistant coach Luke Richardson and family through a heartwrenching ceremony.
“It’s terrible end to a terrible day,” said Jason Spezza. “There’s no excuse. We wanted to play really well due to the circumstances, but we didn’t. It’s been a hard day.
“That’s a tough way to get embarrassed ... we can bounce back.”