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The Ottawa Senators Are Slumping At A Bad Time

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

What a difference a week makes.

Last Monday, the Ottawa Senators beat the San Jose Sharks and climbed past the Boston Bruins and into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The confidence was at an all-time high. The city was alive with a buzz that is usually only reserved for the playoffs.

But as we sit here today, the Senators – and their fan base – appear to be an emotionally fragile group. Three consecutive losses will tend to do that.

So what happened to the uber-confident Senators who went on one of the greatest runs in franchise history? There are a few theories floating around as to why Ottawa's playoff bubble has burst. The answer probably lies with a combination of all five of these answers, but here's a look at the top reasons why the Senators have probably lost three games in a row – and their mojo at the same time:

1. Fatigue

The Senators look like a shell of the team that stormed back with four third-period goals against San Jose last Monday for a convincing 5-2 victory. In the three games since, Ottawa has looked tired, flat and tentative – and that's being as polite as possible.


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Video- How About Those Ottawa Senators

The turnaround...


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Amazing Run Has The Ottawa Senators In A Playoff Spot

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators will wake up Tuesday morning where they wanted to be.

And, where so many never believed they would be.

There may not be any stopping Andrew “The Hamburglar” Hammond and the Senators now as they bit back at the San Jose Sharks by scoring four unanswered goals in a third period comeback to move ahead of the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard playoff spot at No. 8 in the East with a 5-2 win.

The Hamburglar made 29 stops and is an incredible 14-0-1 as the Senators extended their streak to seven straight wins to move one point ahead of Boston as Mika Zibanejad scored twice while Mike Hoffman, Alex Chiasson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also chipped in front of 18,193 at Canadian Tire Centre.

Yup, the burgers were flying with Ottawa 15-1-1 in its last 16.

Fourteen points out of a playoff spot on Feb. 8, the Senators have done the unthinkable in this remarkable run.


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The Ottawa Senators Can Grab A Wild Card Spot Tonight With A Win

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The door is open Monday night for the Senators to end up in a spot they haven't seen since late-November.

Officially back in the playoff picture.

A victory over the struggling San Jose Sharks at the Canadian Tire Centre will push the Senators one point ahead of the Boston Bruins in the standings with a game in hand after the Bruins took it on the chin Sunday night from the Tampa Bay Lightning which leaves Ottawa one point back."‹

Two months ago, the Senators' playoff chances looked like they were history.

Now, they stand on the verge of making history as the Senators try to move their winning streak to seven straight after a 5-3 victory over the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at home.


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The Ottawa Senators Wake Up In Time, Now One Point Out Of The Wild Card Race

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

At times it felt more like dodging a bullet than vanquishing an old foe.

But the Senators got it done, surviving a Battle of Ontario scrape with the Toronto Maple Leafs to keep Ottawa’s prospective march to the playoffs rolling along.

The Senators, who entered the game two points behind Boston for eighth place, have won six straight and 15 of their past 18 games. Ottawa’s win, combined with the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout loss in Florida, pulled the Senators to within a single point of Boston with a game in hand.

“We’re not in the playoffs yet,” Senators head coach Dave Cameron cautioned in the jubilant aftermath. “We’re still on the outside.”

But inching closer.

Cameron was pleased with the first and third periods. As to the middle one, “we took a bit of a nap,” he said.

Asked what he barked at his troops during a shaky second, Cameron said: “Wake up!”


The Senators also have a game in hand on the Bruins.

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Big Game Coming With The Boston Bruins Facing The Ottawa Senators

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Bring on the Bruins! That's what the Ottawa Senators are saying after yet another victory, this time 2-1 in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes after a highlight-of-the-year setup by Kyle Turris that let to Mark Stone's game-winner.

Coupled with the Boston Bruins' shootout loss at home -- to Buffalo, no less -- the Senators are now just four points behind the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, with entering Thursday's gigantic rematch between the Bruins and Senators in Ottawa looming.

It appeared the Sens were done like dinner after last Tuesday's home loss to Boston. Yeah, right. Not when "The Hamburgler" is doing his thing. Goalie Andrew Hammond was sensational again against the Hurricanes, and is now 11-0-1 in his first 12 NHL starts and has given up two or fewer goals in each of those 12 games. Buckle up, folks, the Eastern Conference playoff race is about to get even more interesting.

continue for notes on Sabres, Bruins, Blackhawks, the Metropolitian Division and the Sharks from the ESPN hockey writers...

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We Just May Have A Wild Card Race In The Eastern Conference

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Buffalo is the worst team in the league. The Sabres entered the night without a win in their last seven games. They were playing their second game in two nights. Their roster is stuffed with borderline varsity players, ranging from Tim Schaller to Philip Varone to Zac Dalpe.

Buffalo is a team built to lose with the hopes of the ultimate win in June: the opportunity to select Connor McDavid as its reward for bottoming out.

The Bruins were lucky to get 1 point out of the decision.

The numbers say the Bruins deserved a better fate than a 2-1 shootout loss. They led in shot attempts, 95-47. They hammered Anders Lindback with 44 pucks. For the first 40 minutes, the Bruins looked like they were playing keepaway rather than hockey by grabbing a 26-10 shot advantage.

But the Bruins are at a stage where attaboys are not handed out for advantages in shot attempts or zone time. They need points. They only got 1 when 2, given the situation, were required.

The Senators took care of their business by beating the Hurricanes in overtime Tuesday, 2-1. Andrew Hammond tied a league record by launching his NHL career with 12 straight starts with three goals or fewer. This is the goalie the Bruins must stare down on Thursday. With Hammond in net, the Senators could close the gap to 2 points with a regulation win at Canadian Tire Centre.

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Impressive Run By The Ottawa Senators

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Tip your cap to the Ottawa Senators, left for dead last Tuesday night after a home loss to the Boston Bruins that seemingly ending their postseason hopes. Somebody forgot to tell them, though.

The pesky Sens responded with wins over the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers and very much remain alive, five points back of the Bruins for the final wild-card spot with a huge Thursday game between the two teams looming this week.

First up, though, is a potential trap game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. The Sens have to remain focused. You better believe Andrew "The Hamburgler" Hammond will be in net again after winning the last three games. The underdog story of Hammond -- an afterthought in the minors before his call-up because of injuries last month -- is at the heart of this late-season rally. Odds are the Senators will fall short, but their run over the past month has been nothing short of spectacular. Do you believe in miracles?

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The NHL General Managers Will Honor Bryan Murray

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen,

As a general rule, it's an honour that has been saved for general managers who are retired.

Fortunately, there are exceptions to every rule.

But Senators GM Bryan Murray admitted he was hesitent to accept the invitation to be recognized by his 29 other peers during the NHL general managers meetings Monday night because it's something normally not done.

Accompanied by his wife Geri -- and with his nephew Tim Murray (GM of the Buffalo Sabres) in the room -- Bryan Murray is well aware this could be an emotional night in a lot of ways.

"I am and I'm not (looking forward to it)," said Murray. "I look at it always as the guys who had retired and they were honouring them in that way. It's a nice honour obviously when you are in the league this long when you have the chance to be recognized for longevity, if nothing else, it's good."


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The Surging Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

In the club’s final visit to the Nassau County Coliseum, Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond moved his record to 9-0-1 by shutting down John Tavares and the New York Islanders in a 2-1 victory Friday night.

On the strength of Hammond’s 34-save performance along with goals by Kyle Turris and Matt Puempel on Jaroslav Halak, the Senators moved their record 12-2-2 in their last 16 games and moved to within five points of the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Nope, they won’t go away and they passed the Florida Panthers in the process.

Hammond is only the third goalie since 1938 to allow two or fewer goals in his first 10 NHL starts. He made a huge stop on Anders Lee in the dying minutes going to the net to help the club secure the two points.

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