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Final in Ottawa: Senators 3, Kings 2

November 22, 2010 |  7:11 pm


The Kings were proud of how well they dealt with adversity the other day in Boston, ending a three-game losing streak by winning a shootout after they had squandered a three-goal lead.

On Monday adversity beat them, consigning them to their fourth loss in five games.

Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who had committed a bad turnover earlier in the game that led to a goal by the Kings, came off the bench to drive up the left wing, dodgeKings defenseman Matt Greene and beat goaltender Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot at 11:19 of the third period, lifting the Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Kings at Scotiabank Place.

An apparent tying goal by the Kings with three seconds left was waved off and that ruling was upheld after a long video review, likely because Ryan Smyth deflected the puck in with a high stick.

The Senators, who had lost their previous three games, were resilient and aggressive in front of a sellout crowd. The Kings (13-7 overall and 5-6 on the road) did break a power-play drought but dropped to 1-2 on a trip that ends Wednesday at Montreal.

Anze Kopitar and Smyth scored for the Kings. Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire improved his career record against the Kings to 3-0-1, all but one of those while he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

More later at

Helene Elliott, in Ottawa

Photo: Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick stops a wrap-around attempt by Ottawa's Alex Kovalev in the first period Monday night. Credit: Phillip MacCallum / Getty Images