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BOLTS 6, SENATORS 4

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The Ottawa Senators held a seaside get together Saturday evening and all they did was dig their gap even deeper.

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After a tumultuous week on the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators did nothing to calm the waters by dropping their fourth straight at house in a horrible 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Captain Brady Tkachuk scored twice whereas Drake Batherson and Claude Giroux additionally chipped in with objectives. The Senators haven’t received at house since they knocked off the Capitals on Oct. 18.

With common supervisor Pierre Dorion fired Wednesday, coach D.J. Smith and his workers are actually beneath the microscope as a result of the membership has misplaced 5 of its final six.

Tim Stutzle, who hasn’t scored in seven video games, made it clear it’s not on the coach.

“I don’t know the way they take all the warmth for that,” Stutzle stated. “We work arduous each evening and proper now we’re simply not getting the bounces. They’re making an attempt their finest.”

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The membership is with out three forwards and three of its prime defencemen, however the warmth has been turned up excessive as a result of this workforce is meant to problem for a playoff spot.

Giroux scored scored his third of the season with a blast by Jonas Johansson at 1:17 of the third to shut the hole to 4-2. From there, the Senators didn’t do themselves any favours by taking premature penalties.

An space the Senators want to seek out solutions is dealing with adversity. Two straight objectives by the Lightning to take a 3-1 lead within the second had the Senators operating round in their very own zone.

To make issues worse, Brayden Level, who registered a hat-trick, prolonged the result in 4-1 at 18:19 of the second. He jumped on a free puck within the crease to push it by Forsberg. Although the Senators thought the play was useless that wasn’t the case.

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A giant concern is the membership’s finest gamers aren’t at their finest.

“Their prime gamers got here to play at the moment,” Smith stated. “The second interval they took it to us. They put a ton of offensive zone time on us and we weren’t capable of bounce again. Proper now, with any adversity, we’re squeezing it for certain.

“You possibly can see we will play once we get down and impulsively we begin enjoying.”

Ottawa Senators' Brady Tkachuk (right) celebrates his goal with teammate Tim Stutzle
Ottawa Senators’ Brady Tkachuk (7) celebrates his aim with teammate Tim Stutzle (18) throughout first interval NHL hockey motion towards the Tampa Bay Lightning on the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, November 4, 2023. Picture by PATRICK DOYLE /THE CANADIAN PRESS

OFF THE GLASS

If the Senators are to have any likelihood at success, they need to cease chasing the sport. Lower than 5 minutes into the second, the Senators had been down 3-1 and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was pulled.

Michael Eyysimont gave the Bolts a two-goal benefit by beating sprawling Korpisalo at 4:57 of the second. He wasn’t getting loads of assist, however Smith had seen sufficient after Korpisalo gave up two objectives on 5 pictures.

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Making his fourth straight begin, Korpisalo didn’t look good when Level fired it house solely 31 seconds into the interval to present his membership a 2-1 lead and the Senators had been instantly on their heels.

THE INJURY LIST

The Senators received’t have forwards Mark Kastelic and Ridly Greig again anytime quickly.

Smith confirmed Kastelic has a excessive ankle sprain whereas Greig additionally limped off the ice within the membership’s 3-2 loss to the Kings Thursday.

“Neither man might be right here for the following little bit,” Smith stated Saturday. “We’ll wait the following couple of days to see what the timeline is, however they received’t play anytime quickly.”

Kastelic is in a strolling boot.

“It’s not damaged,” Smith stated. “These issues are difficult. Plenty of occasions it feels actually good after which you may’t push on them. We’ll do every part we will to get him again.”

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Defenceman Erik Brannstrom (concussion) skated for the second straight day in a non-contact jersey whereas Artem Zub (head damage) wasn’t on the ice for the third straight day. There’s no timeline on both.

Ottawa Senators' Rourke Chartier tries to control the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Jonas Johansson
Ottawa Senators’ Rourke Chartier (49) tries to manage the puck in entrance of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Jonas Johansson (31) throughout first interval NHL hockey motion on the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, November 4, 2023. Picture by PATRICK DOYLE /THE CANADIAN PRESS

BIG NIGHT FOR ROBY

The Senators recalled centre Roby Jarventie and rugged winger Zack MacEwen from their AHL affiliate in Belleville earlier than the sport.

The 21-year-old suited up for his first NHL sport so he took the normal rookie lap by himself to begin the warmup. Chosen No. 33 general within the 2020 NHL draft, Jarventie had a powerful camp.

He began the sport with Drake Batherson and veteran Claude Giroux.

Jarventie, who has one aim and three factors in six video games with Belleville, had a terrific camp and has the possibility to remain right here if he can have success. He performed solely six minutes and 38 seconds in his debut.

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“In exhibition, when he had the puck, he skated, he made performs and he was capable of carry the puck by the impartial zone,” Smith stated. “He did a great job defensively whereas he was right here as effectively.

“If it was a few years in the past, he could have made the workforce. He simply began enjoying centre, so he wanted extra (repetitions). He type of will get compelled in, however he can skate and make performs at our stage.”

THE LAST WORDS

After delivering a tough hit on Calvin de Haan, a Carp native, MacEwen dropped the gloves towards former Senators’ winger Austin Watson within the first. Watson had a great snicker when he by accident tried to go to the fallacious penalty field after the scrap. You possibly can’t fault him, he spent three years right here … Nailed into the Tampa bench by Zach Bogosian earlier within the shift, Mathieu Joseph fired a shot from the circle that Tkachuk tipped house to open the scoring. That got here at 12:58 of the primary and the Senators had been being outshot 9-5 … Tampa D Victor Hedman tied it up by backhanding a free puck by Korpisalo with 2:55 left within the first.

bgarrioch@postmedia.com

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