Game Report: Canes Destroy Sens 4-0

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Your Ottawa Senators battled the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night in their first game of many without number one centre Jason Spezza. The result was NOT good. Shutout for the fifth time this year (and all coming on home ice), the Sens’ offence had no finish. Directing 37 shots at the Carolina net, including 18 in the third period, Ottawa could not beat Cam Ward. Even though they hit a few posts, Carolina was never scared to let Ottawa get their chances. There were many negatives that led to the Sens downfall.

Brain Elliott, coming off two strong performances including a 44-save win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, had a terrible game. Allowing four goals on 31 shots, Elliott let in two soft goals and was shaky all night. With Leclaire out, Ottawa has no other options than to continue to ride Elliott. Hopefully this game was a hiccup and Elliott rebounds against Columbus.

Sergei Gonchar  seems to have lost his game. Having not scored in 22 games, Gonchar was embarrassed on the fourth goal as he fumbled the puck and then lost it, then screened Elliott on the shot for the goal. He also had an open net and completely missed the net with his shot.

Filip Kuba  also had a horrendous game as he was muscled off the puck all night and did nothing offensively. The effects of him missing training camp seem to be affecting him as Kuba seems a step or two behind the play.

Here are the game highlights  courtesy on NHL.com.

***Three Stars***

First Star: Zack Boychuk – earns it with two goals in the game.

Second Star: Cam Ward – earns it with the shutout on 37 shots.

Third Star: Jesse Winchester – for being the hardest working Senator.

Hopefully this game was just the Sens having a let-down after a very emotional game against the Penguins. Ottawa played horribly and did not deserve to be in this game. They have two games coming up that should be winnable against Columbus and Toronto on New Year’s eve and New Year’s day. ‘Til next time, GO SENS GO!!!!!

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