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Senators, looking to shrug off blowout, visit Ducks

From FOX Sports - December 6, 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif.The Ottawa Senators hope to get on track during the fourth game of a season-high, seven-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

The Senators (9-10-6) took one of their most embarrassing defeats in Winnipeg on Sunday, getting shut out 5-0 by the Jets.

Ottawa fell into a 2-0 hole in the first six minutes of the game and never responded, getting outshot by a 49-21 margin, including a 19-3 first-period differential.

The loss was Ottawas eighth in the past nine games, and the Senators scored more than two goals only in its lone win during the stretch, a 6-5 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday.

Senators leading goal scorer Mark Stone was frank about the lack of effort by his team Sunday.

Thats about as embarrassed as Ive ever felt playing in the NHL, he said. We have to be ready to play, its about preparation. They walked all over us, we had no pushback at all.

Ottawas Erik Karlsson, the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman who has not reached his accustomed level of play due to offseason ankle surgery, agreed with Stone and feels that the Anaheim game is the first step in turning the season around. While Karlsson has facilitated offense (one goal, 16 assists in 20 games), his uncharacteristic minus-11 rating and lack of goal scoring are major factors in the Senators slow start.

We have had too many of these types of losses lately, Karlsson said. We have to find some way out of this, but I do not think we are too far off. I think we need to find a way to stay focused when things do not go our way.

Matt Duchene, acquired by the Senators from Colorado in a three-way trade on Nov. 6, was expected to improve the offense with the departure of Kyle Turris to Nashville. However, Duchene has been a non-factor since his arrival. He has registered one goal and one assist in 11 games as he struggles to integrate himself into coach Guy Bouchers system.

Boucher chose to remain positive after the Winnipeg loss, citing the play of goaltender Craig Anderson, who stopped all 27 shots he faced in relief of start Mike Condon. However, the coach stressed the importance of the back-to-back games his team faces against the Ducks on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

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