Senators’ Matt Duchene: ‘You wonder if you were a disruption’

TORONTO – The focal point of this NHL season’s only blockbuster trade awoke the morning before his 28th game in an Ottawa Senators uniform and thought about last night’s 8-2 shellacking at home to the Chicago Blackhawks, the type of loss too indicative of what should be the seventh post-season miss in Matt Duchene’s nine-year career.

“It feels like there’s a dark cloud over us,” Duchene said.

The Senators, a group painted as a low-chance trap team, have surrendered five or more goals on a league-worst 15 separate occasions in a season that has seen the Eastern Conference finalists plummet to hey-we’re-ahead-of-Buffalo territory.

Blame starter Craig Anderson’s .897 save percentage. Blame, as Guy Boucher does, a gruelling month on the road between mid-November and mid-December in which the Sens went 1-10. (That’s what killed us,” the head coach says.) Blame Erik Karlsson’s surgery or Bobby Ryan’s puck-busted finger.

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But take it easy, Boucher suggests, on the star centre Ottawa brought in to replace another centre, Kyle Turris, the team couldn’t afford to re-sign by summer.

“I’ve always found that trades for third-liners, …read more

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