Senators hope humiliating loss to Leafs was an aberration — and never a return to their earlier methods – [Update News]

If Ottawa Senators followers had been hoping to show the web page and get a recent begin in 2022, their first sport of the calendar yr was an unlucky journey again in time.

Saturday’s 6-0 loss to Toronto was a flashback to how the Senators seemed within the month of November, once they managed to win solely as soon as in 12 video games.

They had been sloppy defensively.

They didn’t get out-of-this-world goaltending.

And their lineup was hampered by COVID-19.

Even D.J. Smith admitted the sport reminded him of a 4-0 shutout loss in opposition to Calgary again on November 14, when his membership lacked spark and depth throughout their preliminary battle with the virus this season.

This time round, nevertheless, many of the NHL is coping with the identical COVID-19 points as Ottawa. And so the workers and gamers aren’t apt to make use of any excuses to clarify away Saturday’s lacklustre efficiency when their opponents had been primarily in the identical boat.

“You don’t need to let that one sit and settle for the actual fact we obtained outworked, outplayed and overwhelmed 6-0 on New Yr’s Day on Hockey Evening in Canada,” mentioned Austin Watson on Sunday. “Whether or not there are followers, whether or not the schedule is all wacky, whether or not there’s uncertainty, it doesn’t matter. We’re going via the identical factor the Leafs had been and it appeared to not have an effect on them very a lot.”

“The overwhelming majority of groups within the league are coping with it proper now or coping with the noise of it a minimum of,” added Connor Brown. “It will possibly’t be an excuse.