Those fragile Senators were unable to overcome unfortunate bounces in the first game without their broken, top-scoring centre.
Please, that better not be a look of shock on your face.
Minus Jason Spezza, the 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at a sold-out (thanks to the holiday season) Scotiabank Place leaves Ottawa in sole possession of 10th place with back-to-back games coming up Friday and Saturday against Columbus (there) and Toronto (here).
It’s the fifth time (already) the Senators have been shut out this season. Embarrassingly, all five of the eggs they’ve laid on home ice.
“I thought (Cam) Ward was the difference (Wednesday),” Senators coach Cory Clouston said of the Carolina goalie. “When we beat him, we couldn’t beat the post. I think we had four or five posts or crossbars, a couple of missed open nets, and that was the difference in the game.”
Clouston said his own goalie, Brian Elliott, “struggled.” He was being kind.