The Sens finally lost tonight to a very determined Capitals team that rode the great play of Olaf Kolzig and Victor Kozlov to victory.
It probably didn't help Ottawa that Wade Redden played the worst game of his season, looking like someone waiting for the number #97 Kanata bus on two of the Caps goals.
Christoph Schubert filled in for a hurt Anton Volchenkov on the blueline and turned in an odorous game, looking lost on the powerplay and completely hamstrung in his own zone.
Ray Emery played a great game until Tomas Fleischmann beat him clean on the stick side and that was all she wrote. Coach John Paddock again went with a short bench with both Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley racking up over 25 minutes and Dean McAmmond a measly 8 minutes.
There's no way that Deano should be playing less than 10 minutes a game because his speed and versatility is too valuable. If things keep going the way they are, expect Alfie and Heatley to be completely wiped out by Christmas, just in time for the busy part of the schedule.