Game Report: Flames Burn Sens 3-2

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Your Ottawa Senators battled the Calgary Flames last night in hopes of winning two games in a row for the first time in three weeks. But their hopes were squashed with a second period three goal outburst by the Flames that Ottawa could not overcome. Clouston’s interesting decision to go with Brian Elliott over rookie Robin Lehner back fired on him as Elliott could not get him the win.

The Sens showed some pride as they battled back in the third period with two goals and a spirited finish to the game. But this loss is their seventh in their last eight games as the Sens find themselves holding down 13th in the Eastern Conference standings. With only five more games left in the month, Ottawa should know very soon which direction the franchise will take.

Here are a few positives from the game. Nick Foligno  got his second goal in as many games and has been one of the better players lately. With four goals in his last ten games, this is the Foligno that Sens’ brass expected this season. We’ll see if he can keep it up.

Milan Michalek  also got his second goal in as many games and was flying all night. With three goals in his last five games, Michalek has been skating hard as of late and is starting to resemble the power forward he used to be before his knee injury.

Erik Karlsson  also had a good game as he notched an assist on Michalek’s goal and played a game high 28:52 minutes in ice time. Clearly the Sens best defenceman, Karlsson is the only one producing anything on the back end. He also leads the team in assists with 18.

On the negative side, Brian Elliott  lost again for his seventh straight loss. Having only won three times in his last 19 starts, Elliott needs to regain his confidence. He just needs one win to help his game, when that win will come is anybody’s guess.

Peter Regin  played a team low 8:12 minutes of ice time last night. All the expectations he had going into the season, Regin has been one of the Sens biggest disappointments this season. With one goal on the year, its been over two months since he last lit the lamp. And with only one point in his last 25 games, Regin needs a strong second half if he hopes to be anything more then a fourth liner in this league.

Here are the game highlights courtesy of NHL.com.

***Three Stars***

First Star: David Moss – earns it with a pair of goals on the night.

Second Star: Henrik Karlsson – earns it with 33 saves and a solid performance.

Third Star: Nick Foligno – earns it with his effort and getting Ottawa back in the game.

Ottawa gets Saturday night off but will have a Sunday afternoon game against the Washington Capitals. Last time these two met, Ottawa helped the Caps break their eight game losing streak. Now, with the Caps on a three game losing streak, we’ll see if Ottawa does them another solid. The game will start at 3 pm tomorrow so sleep in and enjoy the afternoon puck. ‘Til next time, GO SENS GO!!!!!

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