The Carolina Hurricanes arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday night and provided the Senators with something they haven't had to deal with of late, a loss. The Hurricanes played a perfect road game taking advantage of their opportunities and shutting the Sens down when required on the way to a 2-1 victory, the loss was only the third of the season for Ottawa.
Carolina received goals from Ray Whitney and Mike Commodore as a flustered Ottawa team got away from their traditional team play and turned to more individual tactics which didn't turn out particularly well for the home squad.
The only bright spot on the night for the Sens was the 600th career point for Daniel Alfredsson, who put the only goal of the night past a very solid Martin Gerber in the Canes net. The Senators power play was a cause for concern on Tuesday, in a league where power play goals are becoming as regular as line changes, the Sens blew all eight opportunities on the night with a man advantage.
The loss may actually help the Sens to get back to focusing on the job at hand. They have had such an easy run of things of late, that bad traits were starting to creep into the team play. The loss to Carolina may give them the incentive now to get back to their game plan and start another run of the schedule. They get their chance to get back on track on Thursday, when they play the Panthers at the Corel Centre.