GLENDALE, Ariz. -- This one had danger written all over it, and Coyotes coach Dave Tippett knew it.
It was the first game back from a long road trip. Ottawa was desperate to finish its six-game trip on a winning note, and Phoenix's energy was lacking.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they didn't heed their coach's warning in a 4-3 overtime loss Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena.
"Everything that Tip told us before the game happened," forward Radim Vrbata said. "They were hungry. They went after us. We didn't respond to it.
"We were lucky to get a point out of it."
These are the kind of games a team hopes won't come back to bite it late in the season when the playoff push is on, but these are also the kinds of hiccups that accompany the early season when teams are still hunting for their identities.
Among the areas where the Coyotes could use improvement:
-- The power play, which had terrible entries most of the night and too many lost puck battles, allowing the Senators easy clearing plays ...