Ottawa Senators Cant Sustain Comeback, Lose 5-3 to Vegas Golden Knights

Ottawa Senators Can\t Sustain Comeback, Lose 5-3 to Vegas Golden Knights
Golden Knights pull away late to beat Sens
The Senators recovered from a 3-0 deficit and felt they could tie it up again when William Carrier made it 4-3 for the Vegas Golden Knights near the midway mark of the third period. But after Pierre-Edouard Bellemares goal with eight minutes left to play withstood a challenge Boucher was at a loss for words.

“I dont know anymore,” said Boucher. “All of us together, we just dont know anymore. Ill let them decide and thats it. I cant make it, whether its our game or somebody elses game. I guess thats why Im not paid for those decisions.”

“Theres been a couple high hits on our team the last couple weeks,” said Reaves. “Everybody knows that if youre going to do that youre going to have to answer the bell. Good on him for answering the bell, not a lot of guys will do that, but good on him. Theres got to be a message sent because theres been a couple high hits on our team.”

The Knights made it 5-3, the games final, score, as Bellemare had a wide-open net after Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson got tangled with Carrier. The Senators challenged for goaltender interference, but the call on the ice stood, bringing the crowd of 15,213 at Canadian Tire Centre to boo in unison.

The Senators recovered from a 3-0 deficit and felt they could tie it up again when William Carrier made it 4-3 for the Vegas Golden Knights near the midway mark of the third period. But after Pierre-Edouard Bellemares goal with eight minutes left to play withstood a challenge Boucher was at a loss for words.

“Its human nature,” admitted Boucher. “I was 100 per cent sure it was going to be goaltender interference, so its just mind boggling so by the time you get rid of the frustration and all that its two goals. If its one goal it might have been different.”

The Knights made it 5-3, the games final, score, as Bellemare had a wide-open net after Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson got tangled with Carrier. The Senators challenged for goaltender interference, but the call on the ice stood, bringing the crowd of 15,213 at Canadian Tire Centre to boo in unison.

Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and Nick Holden helped the Golden Knights (7-8-1) build a 3-0 lead before Ottawa mounted its comeback. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots.

Golden Knights pull away late to beat Senators

“We played a real good game,” said Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant. “The puck finally went in the net for us so that was a real key for us to get five goals. Were happy with that.”

“When you look at a guy like Boro, hes a great leader for us and he just came back and he gets right in a fight with Reaves,” said Chabot. “I think it shows you how much he cares about that team and we all appreciate it and it gave us a lot of momentum.”

Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Thomas Chabot each had a goal as the Senators (6-7-3) tied it 3-3, while Craig Anderson had a busy night making 37 saves.

“I dont know anymore,” said Boucher. “All of us together, we just dont know anymore. Ill let them decide and thats it. I cant make it, whether its our game or somebody elses game. I guess thats why Im not paid for those decisions.”

Trailing 3-1 to start the third, Ottawa tied the game by scoring twice in a span of 64 seconds. Dzingel made it 3-2 and right after Chabot had a wide-open net as Fleury was caught sprawling.

The Senators gave Borowiecki credit for providing the energy for the comeback. Late in the second Borowiecki accepted a challenge from Ryan Reaves to drop the gloves and less than 30 seconds later the Senators got its first goal.

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Vegas regained the lead midway through the period as Carrier won a battle along the boards, stepped around Mark Borowiecki and beat Anderson stick side.

“I thought we did some really good things,” said Duchene. “Obviously when you tie it 3-3 in the third, it can go either way. We had the momentum so tough way to lose.”

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Thursdays game featured the return of Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk, who had missed the last nine games with a torn ligament in his left leg.

Vegas dominated much of the second and took a 3-0 lead late in the period as Holden jumped into the play and lifted the puck over Andersons right shoulder. It was his first with Vegas.

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The Senators gave Borowiecki credit for providing the energy for the comeback. Late in the second Borowiecki accepted a challenge from Ryan Reaves to drop the gloves and less than 30 seconds later the Senators got its first goal.

The Knights made it 5-3, the game's final, score, as Bellemare had a wide-open net after Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson got tangled with Carrier. The Senators challenged for goaltender interference, but the call on the ice stood, bringing the crowd of 15,213 at Canadian Tire Centre to boo in unison.

“When you look at a guy like Boro, hes a great leader for us and he just came back and he gets right in a fight with Reaves,” said Chabot. “I think it shows you how much he cares about that team and we all appreciate it and it gave us a lot of momentum.”

"It's human nature," admitted Boucher. "I was 100 per cent sure it was going to be goaltender interference, so it's just mind boggling so by the time you get rid of the frustration and all that it's two goals. If it's one goal it might have been different."

Ottawa finally solved Fleury at the 17-minute mark. Fleury poke checked Chabot, but the puck went right to Duchene.

"When you look at a guy like Boro, he's a great leader for us and he just came back and he gets right in a fight with Reaves," said Chabot. "I think it shows you how much he cares about that team and we all appreciate it and it gave us a lot of momentum."

Reaves has provided similar incentive for the Knights and is willing to play whatever role necessary to help his team.

Haula will miss at least three games with a leg injury sustained in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday but will travel with the Golden Knights … Ottawa will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the eighth time this season. … Coach Guy Boucher said Smith could return next week. … Ottawa sent forward Jack Rodewald back to Belleville of the American Hockey League.

“Theres been a couple high hits on our team the last couple weeks,” said Reaves. “Everybody knows that if youre going to do that youre going to have to answer the bell. Good on him for answering the bell, not a lot of guys will do that, but good on him. Theres got to be a message sent because theres been a couple high hits on our team.”

The Golden Knights are last in the NHL on the power play (11.8 percent; 6-for-51). The Senators are 28th on the penalty kill (15-for-50, 70.0 percent). … Chabot has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games and leads all NHL defensemen in scoring with 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in 15 games. Tierney will play his 300th NHL game.

Marchessault opened the scoring at the 15-minute mark and with 20 seconds remaining in the period Theodore, from just inside the blueline, fired a puck through traffic. With the win Vegas swept the season series 2-0.

“Hes a big boy. Full of energy. I think he brings an aspect of grittiness to our game, of being a hard-nosed player, underneath other teams skins, going to the net hard, making it difficult for teams to defend against. And I think weve kind of missed some of that in our lineup.” — Senators goaltender Craig Anderson on the return of Brady Tkachuk

Notes: Ottawa LW Max McCormick was a healthy scratch. Vegas was without LW Erik Haula as he was injured Tuesday against Toronto.

The 19-year-old rookie forward hasnt played since he tore a ligament in his left leg during a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15. Tkachuk, the No. 4 selection by the Senators in the 2018 NHL Draft, has six points (three goals, three assists) in four games.

The puck gets past Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (41) as he is screened by Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) on a shot by Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore, not shown, during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Thursday, November 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

“Eventually the tide is going to turn. When were getting that many pucks on net and starting to get better quality chances, theyre going to start going in.” — Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore

The Senators recovered from a 3-0 deficit and felt they could tie it up again when William Carrier made it 4-3 for the Vegas Golden Knights near the midway mark of the third period. But after Pierre-Edouard Bellemares goal with eight minutes left to play withstood a challenge Boucher was at a loss for words.

Brady Tkachuk will return to the lineup for the Ottawa Senators when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

"I dont know anymore," said Boucher. "All of us together, we just dont know anymore. Ill let them decide and thats it. I cant make it, whether its our game or somebody elses game. I guess thats why Im not paid for those decisions."

The Knights made it 5-3, the games final, score, as Bellemare had a wide-open net after Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson got tangled with Carrier. The Senators challenged for goaltender interference, but the call on the ice stood, bringing the crowd of 15,213 at Canadian Tire Centre to boo in unison.

"Its human nature," admitted Boucher. "I was 100 per cent sure it was going to be goaltender interference, so its just mind boggling so by the time you get rid of the frustration and all that its two goals. If its one goal it might have been different."

Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and Nick Holden helped the Golden Knights (7-8-1) build a 3-0 lead before Ottawa mounted its comeback. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots.

"We played a real good game," said Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant. "The puck finally went in the net for us so that was a real key for us to get five goals. Were happy with that."

Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Thomas Chabot each had a goal as the Senators (6-7-3) tied it 3-3, while Craig Anderson had a busy night making 37 saves.

“We’re doing the right things right now and every day I’m coming to the rink for game day fresh with a clear mind and energized emotionally. That’s the key now, can we stay energized, not just physically but emotionally. That’s been the key so far.”

Trailing 3-1 to start the third, Ottawa tied the game by scoring twice in a span of 64 seconds. Dzingel made it 3-2 and right after Chabot had a wide-open net as Fleury was caught sprawling.

Vegas regained the lead midway through the period as Carrier won a battle along the boards, stepped around Mark Borowiecki and beat Anderson stick side.

Anderson wasn’t happy because he couldn’t move and was giving the officials an earful late in the third period. It was ruled a goal because the league believed Anderson tripped up Carrier but it didn’t look like the Senators were buying that explanation.

"I thought we did some really good things," said Duchene. "Obviously when you tie it 3-3 in the third, it can go either way. We had the momentum so tough way to lose."

An opportunistic chance for Chabot made it three unanswered goals for Ottawa, bringing the game to a 3-3 tie. Mark Stone fed the puck in front, with Tierney and Dzingel both in tight to try and get a shot off against Fleury. In the process, Reilly Smith tried to budge in and swat the puck away, which ended up working for him in all the wrong ways. He got the puck away from the main chaos, but it went right onto the stick of Chabot. He also knocked down Fleury in the process, leaving a wide open net for the Sens defenceman. A goalie interference challenge from Florida did nothing to change the call.

Thursdays game featured the return of Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk, who had missed the last nine games with a torn ligament in his left leg.

Vegas dominated much of the second and took a 3-0 lead late in the period as Holden jumped into the play and lifted the puck over Andersons right shoulder. It was his first with Vegas.

It was off a broken play, but well take it. Chris Tierney lost the puck at the point after getting tangled up with Brayden McNabb, and Borowieckis recovery didnt last as it was chopped away by Tomas Hyka. The puck was sent flying in the air, and with Tomas Nosek being unable to settle it down, Ryan Dzingel capitalized with a point blank shot. The Golden Knights were still the more dominant team, although the game was within reach.

The Senators gave Borowiecki credit for providing the energy for the comeback. Late in the second Borowiecki accepted a challenge from Ryan Reaves to drop the gloves and less than 30 seconds later the Senators got its first goal.

Another power play goal for the Knights, this time with Chabot off for hooking. Shea Theodore sent a one-timer slapshot over Craig Andersons shoulder, as there was nothing more he couldve done to stop it. Borowiecki and Jaros couldve been obstructing his vision a bit while trying to deal with only one Vegas player, although besides that, it was a powerful and accurate shot that put Vegas up by two. The Knights led 2-0 after one.

"When you look at a guy like Boro, hes a great leader for us and he just came back and he gets right in a fight with Reaves," said Chabot. "I think it shows you how much he cares about that team and we all appreciate it and it gave us a lot of momentum."

The Sens had a bit of tricky start to the game, with Vegas pressing hard offensively. Mikkel Boedker was sent to the box for playing with a broken stick, and the Golden Knights got to work. With two players on the point instead of one, the Knights had plenty of passing options. Magnus Paajarvis attempted to pinch at the puck carrier, which only ended up opening a lane for Jonathan Marchessault to walk in and fire a shot past Anderson.

Ottawa finally solved Fleury at the 17-minute mark. Fleury poke checked Chabot, but the puck went right to Duchene.

Reaves has provided similar incentive for the Knights and is willing to play whatever role necessary to help his team.

"Theres been a couple high hits on our team the last couple weeks," said Reaves. "Everybody knows that if youre going to do that youre going to have to answer the bell. Good on him for answering the bell, not a lot of guys will do that, but good on him. Theres got to be a message sent because theres been a couple high hits on our team."

Marchessault opened the scoring at the 15-minute mark and with 20 seconds remaining in the period Theodore, from just inside the blueline, fired a puck through traffic. With the win Vegas swept the season series 2-0.

Notes: Ottawa LW Max McCormick was a healthy scratch. Vegas was without LW Erik Haula as he was injured Tuesday against Toronto.

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) attempts to tip the puck pass Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) as Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Brayden McNabb (3) defends and Ottawa Senators center Chris Tierney (71) looks for a rebound during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Thursday November 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

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