While the Ottawa Senators’ final position in the Eastern
Conference standings is still to be determined, it’s looking more
and more like they’ll be playing past the end of the regular
The Senators will try to get back to the business of hockey
Tuesday night against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, one day
after tragic events in Boston forced the postponement of their
matchup with the Bruins.
Ottawa was scheduled to conclude a seven-game road trip Monday
night in Boston, but the NHL postponed that game in the aftermath
of the Boston Marathon bombings. No makeup date has been
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Ottawa Senators
organization are with those people affected by today’s tragic
events in Boston,” general manager Bryan Murray said in a
statement. “We fully support the National Hockey League’s decision
to postpone tonight’s game. Our entire team is safe and
The unplanned day off comes at an opportune time for the
Senators (21-14-6), who would’ve been playing their third game in
five nights. They started the trip with four straight losses –
giving them a five-game skid – before rebounding with wins over
Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Craig Anderson made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season
in a 2-0 victory over the Devils on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and
Milan Michalek scored second-period goals for the Senators, who
were originally scheduled to close the regular season with five of
six at home, where they are 13-3-3.
“We’ve done a good job of staying positive,” captain Daniel
Alfredsson said. “We lost five in a row but our fourth and fifth
games we felt we were going in the right direction. The last two
wins are a reward for that hard play, and you build some confidence
Consecutive wins have kept the Senators in sixth place in the
East, one point ahead of the New York Islanders and four in front
of ninth-place Winnipeg with one game in hand on both teams.
Pageau has provided a boost with a goal and an assist in his
first two NHL games, and Michalek scored in his return after
missing 15 games because of injuries.
Although the Hurricanes are all but eliminated from the playoff
race, Ottawa has no reason to look past them. Carolina (17-22-2)
has won both meetings this season and four in a row in the series,
giving up four goals during that run.
The Hurricanes will be coming off a win for the first time in
two weeks after beating the Bruins 4-2 on Saturday to end a
seven-game losing streak. Jiri Tlusty scored twice and Justin
Peters turned aside 28 shots in the team’s second win in 16
“I’m happy for the guys,” coach Kirk Muller said. “They’ve been
playing like that for a while. Tonight they stuck with it and
played an intense, energized game against a good hockey club. They
played the right way and finally got some reward for it.”
Muller’s club had allowed 32 goals during the skid and has been
outscored 13-4 during three consecutive road losses.
Peters has never faced the Senators, while Dan Ellis made 33
saves in a 1-0 win against them in Raleigh on Feb. 1.