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OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators are in need of answers after a pair of weekend losses on home ice. Captain Jason Spezza hoped to find them by holding a player's only meeting on Monday.

Frustration was setting in after a 5-2 loss to San Jose on Sunday followed Friday's 2-1 defeat to Anaheim at the Canadian Tire Centre, and Spezza felt it was time to clear the air.

"You can tell guys left the rink (Sunday) night frustrated, myself included," Spezza said. "When you get frustrated it's useless. Being frustrated and not talking about it can be a useless emotion, so when you get frustrated as a group, and I sensed I was frustrated and the guys were frustrated, that it's important to talk about it so things don't just fester."

The decision to make it a players' only meeting was to allow everyone to have a voice and not feel censored. Spezza said the team talked for about 35 minutes and is hopeful the dialogue will result in a better performance tonight when the Senators take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

"The worse thing you can do is to just keep letting things go the same way without discussing things and keep coming to the rink and continuing not playing how we want to play," said Spezza. "It was a good, open conversation. We talked about our starts not being where they want to be and maybe how we approach games maybe has to change."

Most alarming over the past two games has been the Senators play in their own end and the number of mistakes being made that ultimately result in goals against.

"Mistakes happen, that's just the nature of this game," said goalie Craig Anderson. "Right now, for whatever reason, we're making mistakes and the puck ends up in our net."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 29, 2013 C2

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