Senators Fair Prey in Fifth Straight Loss

Despite late heroics, can't stave off Nashville, shoddy play
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 11:18 PM CST
Nashville Predator' players, from left, Shea Weber, Jason Arnott, Martin Erat, of the Czech Republic, and J.P. Dumont, right celebrate Erat's game-winning goal against the Ottawa Senators during third...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After a 15-2 start to the season, Ottawa has dropped five straight with last night's 6-5 loss to Nashville. Sloppy play saw the Senators waste the momentum of captain Daniel Alfredsson's tying goal, scored with less than a minute left in regulation, just 23 seconds after it crossed the goal line. Martin Erat scored the game winner for the Predators who improve to 12-9-2.

The losing streak and woeful play resemble the fractious '95/'96 season, Can West reports. That campaign saw a hat trick's worth of coaches rotate through, as well as two GM's. The Senators were plagued by turnovers and poor defense, compounded by the loss of defenseman Anton Volchenkov on a play within the first minute that lead to Nashville's first goal.