This time, the Senators' comeback bid fell short.

But their coach had plenty to say about referee Dan O'Rourke's explanation after Ryan Getzlaf was not penalized for chopping down Erik Karlsson with just over a minute left in Saturday's 2-1 loss.

"The referee informed us that Karl was a diver. We were a little bit disappointed," said Paul MacLean. "Erik Karlsson leads the league in points by a defenceman, he's an elite skater in the league and to this point in time I never remember him taking a dive. If it's not a penalty it's not a penalty, but accusing someone of diving, I think, is serious."

Trailing 2-0 with 20 minutes to play, the Senators threatened to increase their league lead in third-period comebacks to seven. Chris Neil celebrated his 700th NHL game with his eighth goal of the season with 11 minutes to play.

But they couldn't put another past Jonas Hiller and saw their road winning streak end at five games.