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Penguins make life difficult for Senators

Apr 22, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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To boil everything down to a simple statement, Monday went about as well as it could for Pittsburgh … and just about the opposite for Ottawa.

The Penguins won 3-1, rattling off the following accomplishments:

If that set of bullet points isn’t frustrating enough for Ottawa, chew on this: the Senators are now very much in danger of losing the playoff spot they’ve pluckily fought for. While the odds still seem like they’re on their side, you can probably see that things look a lot shakier now:

6. NY Islanders – 53 points with three games left (20 regulation/overtime wins)
7. NY Rangers – 52 points with three games left (20 ROW)
8. Ottawa – 52 points with three games left (19 ROW)
9. Winnipeg – 51 points with two games left (22 ROW)

Also …

Southeast-leading Washington: 52 points with three games left (22 ROW)

Before moving on to the Senators’ schedule, it’s relevant to note that Ottawa fans are going to be crossing their fingers/toes/pets’ paws that Tuesday’s Jets-Capitals game ends in regulation.

With that note out of the way, here’s Ottawa’s outlook:

Thursday: at Washington
Saturday: home vs. Philadelphia
Sunday: at Boston

At this rate, the Senators might just be the Penguins’ opponent to open the playoffs … assuming they make it.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    The penguins are 22-3 against all the teams in the playoffs right now. Anyone saying they don’t fear this team in the playoffs is either lying or stupid. If we play Ottawa in the playoffs it has to be demoralizing knowing the pens were minus 4 top 6 forwards, 2 top 4 defenseman, and a staring goalie tonight.

    • 19to77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      … and still HAD 4 top 6 forwards, 3 top 4 defensemen and a starting goalie in the depth chart.

      Ray Shero is a freaking wizard.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Fricken Pittsburgh. The Detroit Red Wings of the ’10’s.

  2. myroncopesflask - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Chris Niel is such a camel toe! He was so big and bad when trying to fight two non fighters like Cooke and Orpik but shut his mouth real quick when Big Mac, Doug Murray, or Derek Engellend wanted to drop the gloves. He wouldn’t even make eye contact with Steve Mac.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Glad people other than Leafs fans are realizing how useless Neil is.

  3. blackandyellow71 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    The way Chris Neil played tonight was disgusting. I’ve seen Matt Cooke take dome questionable shots, but he would answer the bell afterwards. Not Neil, he laid a cheap shot, then go after a nonfighter. You stay classy Ottawa, and you better check that rear view mirror.

  4. bmscalise - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    So let’s reflect on this evening:

    1) The Pens show up in Ottawa minus a virtual all-star team: two MVPs; their top 2 defensemen; a 40-goal scorer; their blue-chip rookie winger; and their starting goalie.

    2) The Pens go up by 2, and apparently out of pity (and despite the simmering undercurrent of this game), the officials decide to ignore blatant penalties by the Sens, including a 4 min high-stick to Dustin Jeffrey’s face.

    3) So Chris Neil decides this is an opportune time to throw a forearm Simon Despres’ head. And somehow the Pens end up shorthanded.

    4) Pens win anyway.

    Duly impressed. Go Pens!

  5. whammy71 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Pens win….Flyers still suck. All is well. Keep crying about injuries….we got ’em too……but Pens man up.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      It seems it’s impossible for you ever post a comment that doesn’t rip the Flyers. The Flyers season was not ruined by injuries but it surely didn’t help. The Pens have always shown the ability to overcome the losses of Crosby and Malkin, but it was certainly difficult to turn the season around with 7 defensemen out for the year. 233 man games lost, good for 2nd in the NHL. Pens are 26th. Little bit of a difference there.

  6. Stiller43 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    No croz, no GENO, no neal, no letang, no martin, no fleury, not at home, NO PROBLEM.

  7. modellforprez - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    and theyll still cry over an accident. Del zotto blatantly bowed james neal. no penalty no nothing you dont see pens fans cryin even david steckll elbowed sid into a concussion for 14 months you guessed it no penalty no nothing we played this game without CROSBY MALKIN NEAL LETANG BEAU BENNETT FLEURY PAUL MARTIN injuries and babies being born are part of the game get over it

  8. 19to77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    This is a roster as good or better than many Olympic squads and All-Star teams. And even more impressive, every player seems able to click with everyone else, even the newcomers. The injuries haven’t even slowed them down – and we’re talking about losing freaking Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Neal.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Peaking too early may be the downfall of the Pens

    • whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      You wish – recent disappointments are driving this team. And the fringe players have to play lights out…..or they sit. Remember, 4 guys you saw play tonight will have to sit when Pens are healthy. Oh yeah, and our back up goalie just notched win #300 and has 50 shutouts. Way to go Ray…..smartest man in the room.

    • bmscalise - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      Peaking too early? Dude- there’s 3 games left until the playoffs.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        It’s incredibly difficult to continue that pace throughout the rest of the playoffs. Not to slight them because clearly they’re the best team in the east but it is incredibly ignorant to think any team can just walk into the Cup finals

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Tis true….but not peaking at all is certain playoff death, eh?

  10. whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Ray Shero should be the first name engraved on the Cup this year. Picked up Morrow, Crankshaft, Iggy and Jussi for no one off the NHL roster. One mid to high level prospect….2 college kids and a handful of draft picks. Best thing is….farm team is still stacked. So the draft picks wouldn’t have anywhere to go. So they were basically “throw aways”.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Keep awarding yourself the Cup before a single playoff game has even been played. Too many all-stars to fail, doesn’t guarantee a thing.

      • miketoasty - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I agree with what you are saying, but I also have to throw in at least we are making it to the playoffs.

      • malkamania71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Okay, I completely agree that I can’t say anything about how the Pens will do in the post-season, but don’t intentionally doubt them just because the Flyers aren’t making the playoffs this year. I hate the flyers as much as you probably hate the penguins, but that doesn’t mean that I would doubt your team if they were going into the post-season with 22 wins in their past 24 games..

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Look I’m not blinded by allegiances, I know fully well how talented the Pens are. And they don’t even have their full team yet. But you can’t just assume the best team will win the Cup just because you have a bunch of stars. It rarely works out that way. You guys should know that better than anyone considering the team you had after the back to back Cups. Honestly, as a hockey fan I’d love to see a Pens-Blackhawks final, but you can’t just assume an amazing regular season translates to a championship.

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