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 players-only meeting on Monday. Frustration was setting in after 5-2 loss to San Jose on Sunday followed Fridays 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 its 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 its important to talk about it so things dont 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 Tuesday night 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." Of the Senators 11 games this season they have given up the first goal eight times. On both Friday and Sunday they gave up a two-goal lead. 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, thats just the nature of this game," said goalie Craig Anderson. "Right now, for whatever reason, were making mistakes and the puck ends up in our net. Its one of those things where we need to be a little more assertive and a little more confident in what were doing out there as opposed to trying to play a little timid. "I think everyones trying to play not to make a mistake as opposed to just playing hard and live with the mistake you make." Senators coach Paul MacLean is hopeful the meeting will help players find solutions, otherwise he says things will likely be taken out of their control and "the next thing that happens is people start leaving." "We feel we have a real good group and we have an opportunity to be very good," he said. "We have some growing pains right now, but at the end of the day if things dont get better changes get made -- thats the history of the game." Overall MacLean has no issue with the effort being put forth; if anything he believes its a matter of individuals trying to do too much. He also admitted that getting the puck out of their own end has been a concern. "Weve been known in the past as being a pretty efficient team and getting out of our zone and not spending a lot of time there," said MacLean. "To this point in time we havent been that. For me right now our execution or our passing hasnt been to the level it needs to be." Its clear much of the Senators troubles stem from play in their own end, but MacLean says Anderson "has been one of our best if not our best player." He also on to highlight out the play of backup goaltender Robin Lehner and forward Zack Smith. As a whole the Senators defensive corps could be better. Erik Karlsson has been great offensively, but he has made glaring mistakes defensively. The young trio of Jared Cowen, Eric Gryba and Patrick Wiercioch have all struggled at times as well. "Our forwards have to help them more than they have to this point, but they also have to help themselves," said MacLean. "They need to play better. They need to get themselves settled in and pass the puck better than they have." Of the Senators 11 games, eight have been against Western Conference opponents, including two against the both the league-leading Sharks and third-place Ducks. "Right now were nearing the end of probably the toughest stretch in our schedule as far as opponents," said MacLean. "Thats not an excuse, but weve played some very good teams over the first 12 games of the year, finishing off (Tuesday) in Chicago. Weve had some competition which has been a test for us and have we come through it, has there been a little bit of adversity. "This team has gone through adversity in the past and come out of it a pretty good group and a pretty dedicated group and thats my expectation is what will happen." Notes: No decision has been made on the Senators starting goaltender for Tuesdays game. LW Clarke MacArthur could be back in the lineup after missing Sundays game with a minor injury. 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United started the game trying to avoid a third straight defeat at Old Trafford for the first time since 1979 though this never looked likely. United provisionally moves up a spot to seventh. West Ham stays immediately above the relegation zone. It was not all good news for United manager David Moyes as Welbeck departed with an injury early in the second half and Januzaj was booked for diving. However, Uniteds winning streak equals the best it has managed since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer and represents an encouraging entrance to the festive campaign, when United really need to hit the accelerator if they are to mount any challenge toward the top end of the table. A brilliant reaction save from West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to deny Tom Cleverley inside the first minute, followed by an extended period of possession without creating too much, hinted at another difficult afternoon for the Red Devils. 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In a mixed afternoon, Januzajs blatant dive by the touchline drew a deserved booking. Welbecks departure 10 minutes after the restart with what appeared to be an ankle injury could add to an already lengthy list of absentees. United do have options though, as substitute Javier Hernandez proved when he fired home from 12 yards, only for the effort to be harshly ruled out for offside. The hosts did not need to wait long for their third though, with Young continuing his superb week by applying the finish to Rooneys layoff in the 72nd. Moyes took the opportunity to give hard-working full-back Patrice Evra a break. However, it was the Frenchmans replacement, Alexander Buttner, who lost his concentration to allow Cole to break the offside trap for the Hammers late strike in the 81st, which denied United its biggest home win of the season. ' ' '