Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/23/13
Marc Methot was supposed to have a nice afternoon Saturday. First, he thought he’d picked up his first ever power play goal and first multi-goal game in 355 National Hockey League contests. And he must have thought that would be enough to propel his team to its first win in three tries. Little did he know, the NHL would take that power play goal away after the game (Kyle Turris was found to have tipped the puck) and the Phoenix Coyotes would take away what looked like a sure victory. Former Senator Antoine Vermette scored a power play goal with 2:13 remaining in regulation and completed a hat trick in overtime to propel the desert dogs to a 4-3 decision. Perhaps Canadian Tire Centre arena staffers were on to something when they used their novelty Gatling gun to fire stress balls into the stands Saturday. Methot looked like he could have used one as he tried to put into words how it could all go so wrong again. “I’m sick of standing here and saying the same things,” he said afterwards. “You could just … repeat everything I say after a loss and it’s going to be the same difference. “So, I don’t know, we’re all frustrated, I’m frustrated, I’m sure the fans are. It’s almost like we found a way to lose the game (Saturday), and it pains me to say that. “I was hoping we’d win and have a good feeling in the room after the game,” he continued. “That’s what makes winning so much fun is the atmosphere afterwards, and it’s such a small margin for error out there. “And that’s the difference now. Instead of celebrating and playing music, we’re all hanging our heads.” If the margin of error is small in games, it’s now non-existent for the season as a whole. While the gap between the Senators and the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference is just five points, schedule difficulty is about to rear its ugly head.
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