After giving people a glimmer of hope with two straight wins on the weekend, the Senators hit the midpoint of the season by taking a knockout punch on the chin in Game 41 in a disgusting 8-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 14,007 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Victor Oladipo had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Lance Stephenson gave IN a late boost of energy that almost led IN back from a 10-point deficit IN the final 9:57. Nick Schmaltz had two goals and an assists, while Jonathan Toews accounted for two goals. Patrick Sharp recorded a goal and an assist.
Seabrook, one of the team's alternate captains, has been with the Blackhawks all 13 seasons of his National Hockey League career and is fifth all time in games played for the franchise.
"Eventually something is going to go in, and I think that's going to be the breaking point", Panik said before the game. The Senators have just six wins in their past 25 games since returning from their trip overseas to Sweden.More news: Copa del Rey preview
The Blackhawks scored five times in the second period to break open the game and finished 4 for 6 on the power play.
"We fell off in the second period and we couldn't climb back", said alternate captain Dion Phaneuf.
"We have to wait until the swelling is down to know", said Boucher. "I really can not be honest than to say we have to find a way to be better and more consistent". "It's on us in front of our goaltenders to do a better job", Phaneuf said. "We made mistakes in key areas and our goaltenders have been solid". "They've been hitting tough shots every win, the last three or four wins, down to wire and they executed again". The Wild erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to collect one point in the standings.
Seabrook tucked in a rebound of Michal Kempny's one-timer off Dubnyk's blocker with 7:36 remaining in the first period to put Chicago up 1-0.More news: Christmas sales surprise for Next
NOTES: D Mark Borowiecki (concussion), Johnny Oduya (lower body) and C Nate Thompson (lower body) did not play for the Senators.
Then, earlier today, the Blackhawks called up Erik Gustafsson while deciding to healthy-scratch Brent Seabrook from tonight's game against Ottawa.
The Chicago Blackhawks will aim for their third win in a row when they host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night at the United Center.More news: College Football Playoff returning to the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium