For the first time in 10 games, the Ottawa Senators surrendered a lead after two periods. Miro Heiskanen and Matt Duchene scored 44 seconds apart to take their first lead of the game midway through the third period, and the Dallas Stars won 5-4.
The Sens are in last place in the Atlantic Division with a 11-14-0 record. They have lost all three of their games this week, which they will complete against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
“I think we deserve better,” coach DJ Smith said. We played a large part of the game with nine strikers. The effort and commitment were there in the second game in two nights, but we wanted to come out of here with a win. »
Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (lower body) left the game in the first half with a possible hip injury. He had just allowed two goals on two shots, but appeared to be in discomfort after extending his right leg to try to block the ball. Scott Wedgwood took over and stopped 25 shots to escape the victory.
Alsena had leads of 2-0 and 4-2. They only took 76 seconds to register for the trademark. Travis Hamonic’s shot appeared to hit opposing defender Esa Lendl as Claude Giroux scanned it before sneaking past goalkeeper Oettinger.
Just 1:34 later, Drake Batherson hurt the locals doubly hard with his ninth goal of the season. His throw was initially blocked by defender Joel Hanley, but Batherson caught his return. Jakob Chychrun picked up his second assist of the game in this sequence.
At that point Oettinger made way for Wedgewood, who was making his 12th start in 15 games.
Joe Pavelski completed a great pass on the power play to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Josh Norris gave the Senators a two-goal lead again, but it was short-lived again with Lendl answering 10 seconds later. There were actually five goals on eight shots in this match.
Batherson added his second goal in the match, but the Stars then scored three unanswered goals.
“It’s a tough game to lose. Our effort was excellent. The players blocked shots, finished their checks, but we still lost,” explained Smith, who once again sees his name linked to red card rumors.
The Senators also announced in the second period that forward Mathieu Joseph’s workday was over due to a lower-body injury he suffered in the first period.
Vladimir Tarasenko was also absent due to the family situation. This was announced by the team shortly before the warm-up.
Rourke Chartier, who was initially expected to be ruled out, joined the lineup in his place, but also did not finish the game with an upper-body injury.
Tarasenko played 17 minutes of action in his team’s latest loss Thursday to the St. Louis Blues. The 32-year-old striker has scored 6 goals and provided 13 assists in 24 matches this season.
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