Posted April 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
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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's second assist of his successful and sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and Ottawa beat Washington 2-1 on Thursday night, putting the teams in line for a possible postseason meeting. ''This is what you fight for all year - to get into the playoffs,'' Alfredsson said. ''No matter who you play, it's going to be a tough series. Everybody poses different challenges, and I think we're the same way: We pose different challenges to other teams.'' Particularly, it seems, the Capitals. Ottawa swept the teams' season series, giving up a com...
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