The Ottawa Senators have now lost four in a row, by losing 8-4 against the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
Derrick Brassard led the offense for the Blushirts with a three points (2-1).
His teammates Rick Nash (two goals) and Mats Zucharello (two assists) followed the Frenchmen with two points.
Fatal second period
After a convincing first period, the Sens returned in the second period to their bad habits in the previous games.
The locals allowed four unanswered goals to the Rangers to return to the locker rooms trailing by three after two periods of play.
Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Ryan McDonagh made it 5-3 for New York.
Derek Steppan was the other goal scorer for the Rangers in the third.
Mike Hoffman continues his progression
Sens might want to forget about this game but for Mike Hoffman, i twas a another solid perfomance.
The forward scored his second goal of his career.
His goal allowed Ottawa to breathe as they took the lead 1-0.
Mika Zibanejad also added his name to the score sheet with his 13th goal of the season which gave the Sens the lead once again 2-1 before the end of the first period.
Two periods later, Milan Michalek reduced the lead to two goals, but the game was already out of reach.
Bobby Ryan also scored.
Time is running out
Let’s be clear on one point : we can forget about the playoffs for Ottawa after last night!
Like sportswriter Sylvain St-Laurent (affected to the Sens), a two or three game losing streak would affect or take away their chances.
Now, the streak is at 4.
This is beyond possible scenarios by experts. Mathematically, Sens are not out but odds are very slim.
Sens are in 12th place and now trailing the 8th place Columbus Blue Jackets by 7 points in the East.
Season is far from over so if the Sens want to help themselves make the playoffs, they will need to start winning hockey games. Sens are back in action Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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