Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings saw to it that the agony of the Ottawa Senators continued unabated on Wednesday night.

With their 7-5 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, who received a five-goal game from Franzen, the Senators have now lost eight in a row and have won only once in their past 13 games.

They haven't won at home since a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Boxing Day. But for all the losing and bad breaks that have accompanied the team through this horrible patch, coach Cory Clouston felt his team deserved a much better fate against the Red Wings.

Clouston felt that two crucial calls that went against the Senators in the third period cost them a chance to upset the Red Wings. He was more than a little peeved.

One was a cross-checking penalty to Chris Phillips that gave the Red Wings a two-man advantage that led to the winning goal.

The other was an apparent tying goal with 7:38 left. It wasn't allowed because referee Kevin Pollock said he had ended the play with the puck still under Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Instead, the Red Wings left with an expected victory. Franzen was clearly the offensive star, collecting two of his goals on the power play, including the third-period winner on a two-man advantage. His fifth was into an open net.

Kris Draper and Niklas Kronwall completed the scoring with one each.

Alex Kovalev had two goals for the Senators, his 10th and 11th, while Peter Regin, Chris Campoli and Milan Michalek had one each.

Regin and Campoli also had two assists, while Kovalev had one, the third time he has had a three-point game this season.

Clouston was irritated by both calls. He said Phillips barely touched Kronwall.

"It was tough," Clouston said. "Obviously, the goal, the five-on-three. You have to be able to push a guy a little bit. He didn't put him in a bad position. He pushed (him) down, kind of on the seat of his pants. It was a little push and he slid into the boards softly, feet-first.

"To me, that's not a cross- check that warrants a five-on-three power play."

As well, he maintained that what appeared to be a game-tying goal from Chris Neil was clearly good.