OTTAWA, Ontario -- Anthony Mantha scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season, but it was too late to save the Detroit Red Wings.
The Wings weren't able to score until 3:23 left in regulation Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre, and saw a two-game winning streak dissolve into a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
The Wings fell behind 2-0 in the second period as the Senators took control with quick puck movement and a power play conversion. Nate Thompson scored into an empty net with nine seconds left in the game.
The Wings finally earned a power play at 12:23 of the third period, and it was top defenseman Erik Karlsson, too, who went to penalty box. The Wings failed to get a shot on net. They got another power play with 4:55 to go in regulation. Tomas Tatar had a good one-timer denied by Craig Anderson. The Wings pulled Jimmy Howard for the extra skater, and were rewarded when Mantha deflected Mike Green's shot.
Cody Ceci put the puck in Detroit's net at 3:27 of the first period, taking advantage of a screen. It was too good of a screen in fact; the Wings challenged goaltender interference and won upon video review, as it showed Zach Smith interfered with Howard before the puck crossed the goal line. The Wings likewise came out on the successful goaltender interference challenge this past Saturday at Florida, nullifying Jonathan Huberdeau's would-be goal.
The Wings fell behind 1-0 in the last minute of the first period when Mark Stone pounced on a loose puck in the paint and slipped a rebound into the net at 19:05.
The first penalty of the game wasn't until 9:39 of the second period, when Trevor Daley was called for holding. The Wings had 14 seconds left to kill when the Senators converted on a tic-tac-toe play, with Dion Phaneuf firing a pass from the blue line to Stone, who found Alexandre Burrows in the slot for the goal.
The Wings' second penalty kill went much better, coming near the end of the second period. It included Dylan Larkin taking off on a breakaway (though he lost the puck as he appeared to lose his balance) and Larkin again swarming around Ottawa's net. The Senators did not get a shot on net during the stretch.
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