Already starting the game down a forward with Bobby Ryan out 3-6 weeks with a hand injury from the Toronto win on Saturday night, it became a constant parade to the medical room for the Senators on Sunday evening.
After Mike Hoffman didn't come out for the second period, Mark Borowiecki blocked a shot on top of his knee and had to leave the game for a spell, but like Borowiecki does, they slapped an aspirin on it and he came back. No such luck for Mark Stone in the third, who was blindsided by Jacob Trouba's shoulder after making a pass and was not able to return. Tommy Wingels was caught in between Dustin Byfuglien and the boards and he had to leave the game, leaving the Senators with just 8 forwards for the rest of the game.
It was a game where the Senators had the odds stacked against them from puck drop, with both teams playing on Saturday and having to travel, but a pretty big 5 hours extra rest for the Jets, which explains why they jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the Senators didn't really get going until the second. Patrick Laine and Mark Scheifele both earned a pair of assists on goals by Byfuglien and Mathieu Perreault to put the Jets in the driver's seat.
Stone counted on a second period power play, taking a feed from Erik Karlsson and going top shelf from the slot to reduce the lead to one heading into the third. A pair of turnovers on the same play from Karlsson, and then Curtis Lazar let the Jets extend the lead again as Josh Morrisey's shot off Lazar's turnover was going wide but re-directed past a startles Mike Condon by the glove of Cody Ceci. That is the way the night went for the Senators, who got one back after Stone started the play that resulted in the second Ottawa goal, as he dished to Karlsson whose point shot was deflected by Derick Brassard off the skate of Zack Smith and past Conner Hellebuyck.
The the second controversy of the period (after the Trouba hit on Stone left him lying flat and Trouba earned just a 2 minute minor) came with just seconds left in the period. Brassard drove down the wing and his shot was stopped by Hellebuyck but Jean-Gabriel Pageau dug and seemingly poked the puck and the goalie's pad over the line. Replays weren't good, and there were only a couple of camera angles and neither was able to conclusively show the puck over the line, so it was ruled no goal, and rightly so much to the chagrin of the Senators' shrunken bench and the fans in attendance. Even if it had shown the puck was across the line there would have been a whole other argument about whether or not Pageau legally pushed the puck in, or if he pushed the goalie's leg into the net and what that ruling would have been had the decision come to that.
So to add insult to injury, the Senators lose a game on the night the Bruins come back from their bye week and win in San Jose and the Leafs go to Carolina and beat the Hurricanes. Things are getting tight in the Atlantic Division, and if the Senators have to play any length of time without Ryan and either one of Stone or Hoffman, let alone both, it is going to be a tough time for the Senators to score enough to win, even with a lock-down defensive system that Guy Boucher has implemented.
For what it is worth to the Senators (nothing at all, really) Trouba has a hearing today with the NHL and faces supplementary discipline.
Whatever the lineup will look like, it will take to the ice in New Jersey for the second time in a week, before a couple of days off and a match in Carolina on Friday, and then a big game against the Panthers on Sunday and Tampa Bay on Monday to wrap up the four game road trip.