Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Antoine Roussel Scores Late in Third Period as Stars Edge Senators

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Antoine Roussel Scores Late in Third Period as Stars Edge Senators

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Roussel scores late as Stars edge Senators

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OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators suffered a setback as they try to fight their way back into the playoff picture.

The Senators made things that much more difficult on Sunday night, falling 2-1 to the Dallas Stars.

"This is a tough one," said Ottawa defenceman Marc Methot, who played his 500th career game. "Especially with the way we were playing coming off that back-to-back win in Toronto. We were rolling pretty well through the first two periods, even in the third. It's just a shame that we gave up that one goal at the end of the game, but those are the bounces sometimes."

Antoine Roussel scored the winner at 17:46 of the third as the Senators scrambled in their own end.

Jason Spezza also scored for the Stars (40-20-7) with Kari Lehtonen making 23 saves for the win in net.

Despite the win, Dallas coach Lindy Ruff wasn't all that impressed with his team's performance.

"I wasn't happy with our puck movement," said Ruff. "It might be the worst puck moving game for missing passes and not making plays in the three years I've coached here. I said someone has to argue with me, but I can't remember moving the puck that bad inside a game."

Zack Smith scored the lone goal for Ottawa (31-29-7). Andrew Hammond turned aside 23 shots in defeat.

Hammond made his third-straight start as Craig Anderson remains sidelined with a knee injury.

"He's (Hammond) been real good," said Senators coach Dave Cameron. "He's come in, he had a long layoff, wasn't at the top of his game, and he's come in and has found his game. That's what you ask and that's what being an NHL player is about, that you have to find a way."

The loss leaves Ottawa six points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. With 15 games remaining, the Sens know time is starting to run short.

"We'd be lying if we said we didn't watch the scoreboards," said Smith. …

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