The sense of urgency that Senators head coach Cory Clouston talked about three days ago has fallen on deaf ears after yet another embarrassing loss, this time in Atlanta, a 6-3 defeat.
There is plenty of blame to go around but first and foremost the Sens aren’t getting the goaltending necessary to make a run down the stretch. Brian Elliott was awful yet again allowing three goals in the third period on just 5 shots. Brutal all around! It is time for Pascal Leclaire to be given every chance to succeed in goal as Elliott continues to let his team down at critical times. Allowing the first goal of the game just over two minutes in on a breakaway is the type of goal Elliott has to stop. The defense was no help either as the back breaker was a horrible giveaway up the middle of the ice by Chris Phillips leading to the Thrashers fifth goal and taking out any life the Sens had left.
Mike Fisher never should have dressed and the Sens would have been better served if Shean Donovan or Jesse Winchester played. Fisher made horrible decisions all night long and at times flat out stopped skating in critical instances of the game. If he is hurt, just sit him Clouston. I will take an energy guy like Donovan over a injured Fisher any day. It’s time for Clouston to start sitting players that aren’t pulling their own weight when you have three healthy scratches. Alex Kovalev is still on his Olympic break, the guy had 2 shots on goal after his one shot on goal last game and was a minus two tonight. The captain Daniel Alfredsson has looked very slow and ineffective too. I could go on and on.
Chris Campoli might have been the Sens best player tonight, ouch! That says alot about this team. Campoli had one assist to go with his seven shots on goal, along with having seven missed shots on goal.
Ottawa visits Dallas for a 2pm start on CBC Saturday. This is beyond a must win for the Sens.
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.