Ottawa Senators forward Derek Stepan isn’t usually the type to take unnecessary penalties. However, it was a penalty against him that allowed the Winnipeg Jets to break the tie on Saturday, and the veteran was very hard on himself after the loss.
Stepan, 30, took to the Canadian capital in the offseason to start an 11th season on the Bettman Tour. On four occasions he received votes for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded to the player showing the best sportsmanship. In his career, he has totaled just 130 penalty minutes in 515 games, never being punished for more than 22 minutes in a single year.
But on Saturday, Stepan received a penalty for throwing the puck into the stands with just over five minutes to go in the game. Paul Stastny took the opportunity to score the victory and the Jets finally scored three times in 2:06 to win 6-3.
“I’m obviously a veteran, and I was brought here to be a leader. You can’t take a penalty like that, especially when their power play is as good as it is. [Cette critique] is directed at myself, ”Stepan told reporters after the game.
“I feel like I let the group down, especially seeing how hard the guys fought tonight. I would like to see us a little more on our guard in third. [Cette défaite] hurts me right now. “
The Senators have lost their last four outings. They now show a good 1-3-1 record for three points, last in the North section. They will now travel to Vancouver for a two-game series. The Canucks are sixth.