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Karlsson: One of those days

Saturday, 02.9.2013 / 5:30 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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"Being flat" is a mystifying phenomenon in sports. It's generally evident from the outset of a game and, more often than not, carries through to the final buzzer. Some days a team just doesn't have it.

Saturday's 1-0 loss to Winnipeg was one of those days for the Ottawa Senators.

Sens defender Erik Karlsson made that clear after the game. After a week of stellar performance after stellar performance from the reigning Norris Trophy holder, even Karlsson appeared to be mortal on Saturday. He came within a half inch of tying the game when he hit a post late in the third period, but beyond that it was a forgettable game for 65.

While many will wonder if perhaps the ice surface wasn't good enough or if it's a matter of too many games in not enough time, there's no clear explanation according to Karlsson.

"I don't know what it was," said Karlsson. "We can't blame the ice, Winnipeg made some great plays and unfortunately we didn't today. It's just the way it is sometimes and we just have to look ahead and it's a new game on Tuesday."

"It's just one of those days where we had to compete a little bit harder than we did and unfortunately we did a little bit too late."

Karlsson added that there were plenty of opportunities for the team to take the lead or tie the game today, it just wasn't a pretty performance. He's right. 10 different Sens players recorded giveaways in the game and the team as a whole had trouble sustaining pressure.

The key for the team going forward is simply putting this game behind them and focusing on the Buffalo Sabres.

"Obviously the schedule is tough, but it's tough for everyone. We can't complain," said Karlsson. "This is a game we have to move on from and leave behind. There's a new game on Tuesday and that's good news for us so just look ahead."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
5 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 52 11 44 2 55
B. Ryan 51 18 26 -2 44
M. Hoffman 48 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 50 13 23 -14 36
M. Zibanejad 51 10 21 -4 31
K. Turris 46 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 52 12 7 2 19
C. Ceci 45 5 10 -3 15
Z. Smith 51 9 4 5 13
C. Lazar 47 3 9 -3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 20 17 4 .912 2.95
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10