It has not been the start that the Ottawa Senators were hoping for. They find themselves in the midst of a 6 game losing streak and are looking to bounce back. Tonight they played the Vancouver Canucks at the Rogers Arena in British Columbia. It was the second game of a back to back for both teams after the Canucks defeated Ottawa 5-1 last night. Both teams went with their primary goalies in net after starting their backups in last nights match. Ottawa’s Matt Murray and Vancouver’s Braden Holtby are both Stanley Cup winning goalies who saw themselves join teams in the Northern division during last off season.
By Tyler McIsaac
Vancouver’s power play took to the stage early on in the game. At just over four minutes into the opening period, Austin Watson took an interference penalty. With 14:30 left in the first, Brock Boeser opened up the scoring by tucking the puck past Murray. It was Boesers fifth goal of the season with assists from J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes. Vancouver would build on that lead shortly afterward. With roughly 9 minutes left in the period, Elias Pettersson scored his 3rd of the season off of a Boeser pass that trickled through Ottawas defence. The Senators finished the opening period trailing 0-2 but managed to out shoot the Canucks 11-10.
The second period started with Vancouver carrying most of the momentum. Ottawa kept generating chances but were just unable to convert. Brock Boeser would score his second of the night just before the five minute mark. Elias Pettersson and Braden Holtby assisted on the play. Despite Vancouver being up 3-0 on the scoreboard, Ottawa would stay aggressive putting the puck on net. After failing to convert on their power play in the second period, Senators defenceman, Thomas Chabot gave the club their only goal of the night making the score 3-1. Ottawa finished the period on the penalty kill (Colin White – High Sticking) but maintained the shot advantage at 30-11.
The Sens kicked off the third period with a successful penalty kill. However, the Canucks scored their fourth of the night when Nills Höglander managed to steal the puck in Ottawa’s zone and pass it to Tanner Pearson for his second of the season. The Sens tried to rally back after some bad penalties taken by the Canucks led to a 5 on 3 advantage. Despite their best efforts, the Sens were unable to capitalize on their power play and ended up going 0-5 for the night. Brady Tkachuk continued to display his frustrations as he left the game after a brief confrontation with Canucks players, Adam Gaudette and Zack MacEwen.
It’s a tough loss to swallow for the Ottawa Senators as they remain at the bottom of the league standings with a record of 1-6-1. It is still early in the 2020-21 season but if the Senators wish to keep playoff hopes alive, they will need to put their heads together and find a way to get to .500% sooner rather than later. The Sens will resume action on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers at 9:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.