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The Ottawa Senators could finish as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference or as low as eighth, but they're just happy being in the playoffs.
Having reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson back is nice, too.
Ottawa will try to avoid a season-high third straight home loss Saturday night against a Philadelphia Flyers team that's closing out a non-playoff season on a surge.
Back after missing 31 games with a lacerated Achilles' tendon, Karlsson set up two goals - one of them Sergei Gonchar's winner - in a 2-1 overtime victory at Washington on Thursday. That helped the Senators (24-16-6) clinch a playoff berth and move into sixth in the East.
Should Ottawa finish in that spot, it would open against the Capitals. The Senators, though, could also overtake fifth-place Toronto or get passed by the New York Rangers and Islanders.
"This is what you fight for all year - to get into the playoffs,'' captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "No matter who you pl...
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The original diagnosis on Erik Karlsson‘s Achilles injury was that the Ottawa Senators defenseman would be out 4-to-6 months. It turns out, however, that he only needed a two and a half.
Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean told reporters following Thursday’s morning skate that Karlsson will indeed be in the lineup Thursday night when the Sens take on the Washington Capitals.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has returned to the lineup after being sidelined 2 1/2 months with a torn left Achilles tendon.
Karlsson, last season's Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, played against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, his first appearance since Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke stepped on the back of his leg on Feb. 13.
Erik Karlsson stood outside the visiting locker room, munching on a celebratory slice of pizza.
Must have tasted pretty good.
Karlsson spent the evening on the ice for the first time in about 2 1/2 months, and he and the Ottawa Senators are heading back to the NHL postseason.
They might even wind up back in the same arena next week.
Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal 47...
For the third time in three tries this season, Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators used their stingy style of play to beat the Washington Capitals.
The latest victory assured the Senators of a trip to the playoffs.
And guess who Ottawa might face in a best-of-seven series starting next week?
Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime on Erik Karlsson...
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
Ottawa Senators’ players have been making miraculous recoveries from injuries lately, but it doesn’t sound like Jason Spezza will join that list — at least any time soon.
The star centre, who has been sidelined since undergoing back surgery on February 1, isn’t expected to return for the start of the playoffs next week.
In the aftermath of Monday night’s loss to the Penguins, Sun columnist Don Brennan concluded a column by asking the question,“Is the honeymoon with Cory Conacher over already?”
I have no idea what prompted Brennan to pose the query, it could have been a word quota, but a glance at Conacher’s numbers from Monday -- 12:48 in ice-time, one shot, two hits and a giveaway...
When Matt Cooke's skate cut through Erik Karlsson's Achilles tendon back in February, hockey fans and writers universally assumed that it meant the end to the defenseman's 2013 season. Shockingly, Karlsson has not only returned to practicing with his team, but he is reportedly ready to return as soon as Thursday when the Senators battle the Washington Capitals.
First Ryan Callahan of the Rangers followed below by Sergei Gonchar of the Senators.
FYI, with the Ottawa win, the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference are settled (Winnipeg eliminated tonight), but some position-jockeying still remains.
Continue reading "Videos- OT Goals Put Rangers, Senators In The Playoffs"
The final regular-season game will be a very important one for the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.
While the Bruins will be focused on winning the Northeast Division title Sunday night, the visiting Senators have an opportunity to move up a spot and avoid high-powered Pittsburgh in the first round.
The regular season was originally scheduled to end Saturday, but this game was...
Erik Karlsson will play tonight against the Washington Capitals. #TheReturn
— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) April 25, 2013
71 days after a 70% laceration of his Achilles and #65 is back in the lineup somewhow.
Are we invigorated, hopeful, concerned, awed, and slaves to a cult of personality?
Yes all those things, listed here in song form.
a) Mark Morrison -...
Claiming the Southeast Division title was an impressive feat for the Washington Capitals given their slow start.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, meanwhile, could provide a huge boost to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night as they seek the victory that would reward them with a postseason spot of their own.
In this compressed lockout season, reaching the playoffs ...