Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Guy Boucher: Senators 5-1 Loss to Predators Worst Game of the Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Guy Boucher: Senators 5-1 Loss to Predators Worst Game of the Season

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Ottawa Senators' offensive woes continue

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OTTAWA - Guy Boucher called the Ottawa Senators' 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night their worst game of the season.

"This is the second time we've been terrible against Nashville," said Boucher. "I don't know if we're allergic to them or something."

While Boucher was able to laugh at the comment there was nothing funny about the Senators play. From start to finish, the Predators were the better team and out-worked Ottawa in every area.

"Right off the bat our turnovers killed us in the first period," said Boucher. "We're letting the opponent wear us down in the first period and then you play catch up hockey because of that.

"I know guys are trying to get a bit more offence, but that's not the right way, that's definitely not the right way."

Lack of offensive production continues to be a problem as Ottawa's now gone 11 straight games scoring two goals or less.

Derick Brassard scored the lone Ottawa goal, while Mike Condon, making his third start for the Senators (10-6-1), made 35 saves.

Colton Sissons, Ryan Ellis, Pontus Aberg, James Neal and Mike Ribeiro scored for the Predators (7-6-3). Pekka Rinne made 30 saves.

Leading 3-1 to start the third, Nashville put the game out of reach as Neal, with his seventh goal in six games, and Ribeiro, taking a long pass from P.K. Subban, made it 5-1 sending the 15,480 fans at Canadian Tire Centre to the exits.

"We played great," said Predators captain Mike Fisher. "We've struggled on the road and this was a really good solid game for us. We needed that one. We did a lot of good things."

Nashville held the edge in play in the second and was rewarded as Aberg scored his first NHL goal, beating Condon through the legs.

Ottawa got off to a poor start, giving up the first goal for the sixth straight game.

"It's always tough to play from behind," said Senators captain Erik Karlsson. …

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