Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Senators' Extra-Time Troubles Continue with 4-3 Loss to Detroit Red Wings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Senators' Extra-Time Troubles Continue with 4-3 Loss to Detroit Red Wings

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Senators' extra-time troubles continue


OTTAWA - Half of the games the Ottawa Senators have played this season have gone to overtime or shootout.

When asked why he thought that was, Senators coach Dave Cameron quipped "because they're tied."

That comment drew a laugh from the crowd, but Cameron really didn't find anything funny about his team's second straight loss and fourth in their past five games, citing lack of physical play as the main culprit for Monday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

"Our main concern was a lack of physicality. Everything was skill based. Sometimes you have to bring the game into the trenches," Cameron said.

"You've got to block shots, you've got to win the battles along the wall and we're trying to do it with stick checking and finessing and that doesn't work in this league."

Tomas Tatar's break-away goal in overtime gave the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Senators handing them their fifth defeat in nine extra time games

Tatar took a pass from Gustav Nyquist and went in alone from the Senators blue line before beating Craig Anderson at 2:04 of the extra period.

"They over-skated the puck and Nyquist made a great play to get me the puck at their blue line," Tatar said. "I pretty much decided to go blocker side and just shot it."

In a frantic third period that saw the Red Wings outshot Ottawa 15-10, it was the Senators who drew even on the scoreboard with a pair of goals, including one from Bobby Ryan with less than three minutes to play in regulation.

Ryan split the Wings defence before slipping a backhand into the net at 17:12.

Wideman had the other goal of the third period as he moved in from the point and beat Howard with a wrist shot from the top of the slot at 3:13.

"We were looking pretty good in the first and second periods and it should be easier than this," Tatar said. "We can't let that happen, letting teams come back and almost losing the two points."

Jimmy Howard made 22 saves overall while also getting goals from Riley Sheahan, Dylan Larkin and Nyquist. Mike Green collected two assists as the Red Wings (9-8-1) snapped a two-game slide. …

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