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OTTAWA -- It can be hard to stay positive when your team is struggling as badly as the Ottawa Senators have been lately, but Paul MacLean can see the bright side. Clearance Sports Jerseys . After losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon, the Senators coach took solace in the fact that his team forced the game past overtime. "I thought we dug in and found a way to get something out of a game," MacLean said. "Thats a great start for our team." While the Senators (4-6-4) will happily take the point, they realize theyre left facing a five-game winless streak. In addition they havent won on home ice since October 17. "We cant keep doing this all season," said Erik Karlsson. "We got a point and we played better than we have in the past so we have to take the positives out of things and (Sunday) that was it." Adding to their list of woes is the fact the Senators could be without starting goaltender Craig Anderson. Anderson went down hard after being hit by Valeri Nichushkin with 1:32 gone in overtime. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he appeared to take a knee to the head. The Ottawa goalie was able to walk around on his own by the end of the game, but MacLean said he was suffering from a stiff neck and would require further evaluation. MacLean said he expects him to miss Tuesdays game in Columbus. Jamie Benn scored the winner in the shootout. Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan were all stopped by Kari Lehtonen, who faced 36 shots. Anderson faced 36 shots before Robin Lehner was forced into action. Lehner made two saves in overtime and stopped Tyler Seguin in the shootout. "Its obviously big to get those two (points) and start the road trip on the right foot," said Benn. "It wasnt an easy two points and we really didnt help ourselves out too much. We gave up a couple, but found a way to win in the shootout." Antoine Roussel, Ray Whitney and Nichushkin also scored for the Stars (6-6-2), while Erik Karlsson, Ryan and Spezza had the Senators three goals. The Senators tied the game with 9.6 seconds remaining in regulation when Ryan jumped on a loose puck in the slot and put it in the net. "We rebounded which we really havent seen our team do in the past," Ryan said. "We found a way to get one late to tie it. I thought the team battled and thats all you can really ask for." Ottawa was outshot 19-9 in the first period, giving up numerous odd-man rushes and leaving Anderson to fend for himself. Dallas opened the scoring at 17:03 of the first period after Whitney beat Anderson glove side. The play was a result of a Michalek turnover in the Stars end. Nichushkin made it 2-0 when he took a saucer pass from Brenden Dillon and beat Anderson high for his first NHL goal, 30 seconds into the second period. Ottawa cut the lead in half as Karlsson took a cross-ice pass from Ryan and caught Lehtonen moving. The Senators capped the period with a power-play goal from Spezza to make it 2-2. "Youve got to play with confidence," said Spezza. "Its so hard when youre losing to play with confidence, but we started carrying the puck, we started making plays. If you play scared its a hard game to win and I think at times weve played scared not wanting to make mistakes. "If youre just worried about not making mistakes youre going to make them." The Senators ran into some bad luck in the third period when Mark Borowiecki, trying to clear the puck from in front, put it in his own net to give the Stars a 3-2 lead. "It teaches a little bit of humility," said Borowiecki. "I thought that was my strongest game in a Sens uniform. I felt pretty confident, but its just going to happen. A play like that you just want to shake it off." MacLean said he didnt think twice about putting Borowiecki back on the ice. "Stuff like that is going to happen," the Senators coach said. "We keep putting everybody else back on the ice when they make mistakes so we should do the same for him." This was the first of three games on the road for the Stars. Notes: Attendance was 18,106. ... D Eric Gryba and D Joe Corvo were healthy scratches for the Senators. RW Erik Condra missed the game with a sprained muscle in his right leg. a The Stars D Kevin Connauton and LW Lane MacDermid were a healthy scratch. D Sergei Gonchar who played three seasons with the Senators was given a warm welcome by fans with a video tribute during the first intermission. Wholesale Sports Jerseys . -- The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in 33 seconds of the second period en route to defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday. Discount Sports Jerseys . Omar Rahou made the discriminatory gesture several times while celebrating scoring a goal against Romania at Antwerp in January, UEFA said. The sanction was double the five-match ban Nicolas Anelka received from an English Football Association independent tribunal last week for the same act.Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and six rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Orlando Magic 103-92 on Saturday night. Wesley Matthews posted 18 points and eight rebounds and Damian Lillard added 16 points, five boards and five assists for the Blazers, who have won seven of their last eight games. It was a win we needed to get. I like the way we came out in the first half, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. Nik Vucevic tallied a career-high 34 points and 16 boards, while Victor Oladipo provided 18 points, eight rebounds and four helpers for Orlando, which has dropped six straight contests. I think we just stayed the course ... We continued to put ourselves in a position to find success, Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. After Vucevic tied the game at 85-85 with a pair of free throws with 4:12 remaining, the Blazers went on a 14-4 ruun to put the game away. Cheap Sports Jerseys. Lillard, who had five points during the surge, capped it by splitting two foul shots for a 99-89 cushion with 39.2 seconds left. Portland nailed a trio of triples in the beginning stages of the game as it raced out to a 20-7 start before taking a 26-13 spread into the second quarter. The Blazers were up by as many as 19 in the second, but the Magic whittled the deficit to 46-41 heading into the break. Elfrid Payton finished off an 11-2 swing to start the third with a reverse layup for a 52-48 Orlando lead. Portland held a 72-70 edge after three. Game Notes Meyers Leonard had 11 points and six rebounds for the Blazers ... Orlando was just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc ... The Magic netted 23 points off 20 Portland turnovers ... Orlando held a 49-43 rebounding and 48-36 points in the paint advantage. ' ' '
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