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Senators continue to defy conventional wisdom

May 9, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

After defeating the second seed Montreal Canadiens in just five games, the Senators’ official Twitter account asked this question:

Those were some tremendous losses and on another team, any one of those players going down might have been enough to sink their chances of making the playoffs. Look at how the loss of Cam Ward impacted the Carolina Hurricanes or Chris Pronger‘s tragic injury has hurt the Philadelphia Flyers for evidence of that.

But the Senators found a way to fight onward and, still without Jason Spezza, their young team is going to the second round.

They certainly got some breaks along the way in this series and the Canadiens weren’t anywhere near full strength for Ottawa’s 6-1 win tonight. Still, the Senators deserve a lot of credit for not just beating Montreal, but coming one loss shy of a sweep.

What lies next for them remains to be seen. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be their next opponent if they can manage to win one of their next two games against the New York Islanders.

The Penguins have struggled against an Islanders team that, at least on paper, has a clear disadvantage. They might face similar problems in a potential series against Ottawa.

  1. tdrusher225 - May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Man, the Senators’ victory on the last day of the season was a blessing in disguise for the Bruins. This is probably the last team you want to play right now in the East.

    • nunan - May 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      The Bruins are a better match-up against the Sens…the Habs not so much. The Sens are great but they’re not going to be favored in a series against Boston or Pitt.

      • 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        They weren’t favoured against the Habs either. Look how that turned out.

        Pens are gonna have their hands full against a white-hot Anderson. Guy’s playing like 2011 Tim Thomas out there.

      • nunan - May 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        I think just as many people picked the Sens as the Habs. The Habs limped into the playoffs. Ottawa is good and they’re going to be tough on any opponent. I don’t think they’re the scariest team in the east though. Like if the Bruins had to play them, as the original poster said, it would have been tough but I don’t think it was a ‘blessing’ they got Toronto instead. I still think the Bruins would win a series, given their record against them over the past dew years. Maybe we’ll find out. The series against Pitt is going to be an emotional one, I’m sure…some storylines there.

      • badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:54 AM

        Gee Whiz, only one Canadian team left in the playoffs.Bruins will deal with them. Gary Bettmans’ master plan of the Stanley Cup staying in the States is working like a charm………………again ………….and again.
        1990 was a looooooooooooooong time ago.

      • nunan - May 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        Love the whack-job conspiracy theorists.

      • jpelle82 - May 10, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        you mean 1993? if you’re gonna be dilusional, at least get it right

    • andrewproughcfe - May 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      I’m such a Jerome Iginla fan right now that I hope the Pens win a Stanley Cup just for him, but if they lose to the Senators and Karlsson I’ll agree that they had it coming to them. Cooke should have been tossed off the team for what he did to Karlsson.

  2. dudermcrbohan - May 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Montreal lost! Call 911!

  3. bobhpine - May 9, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Good lord, this team is so flawed. The pens, bruins or caps are salivating at the prospect of playing these chumps.

  4. icehammer8394 - May 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Really Andrew,what its with some,not all, Sens fans not being able to move past this,it was how many months ago,it was an accident,get over it move on and your teams run in the playoffs

    • andrewproughcfe - May 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      I’ve tried to make it clear that I’m a Pens fan, but I’ll also root for the Senators as long as they stay in the playoffs out of respect for Karlsson and his amazing recovery. I hope the Pens’ management learns a lesson every time the refs look the other way when Cooke is getting his face crushed by an opponents’ stick like the Islanders did to him in game 3. As long as he’s on the ice, he’s just a liability if the refs aren’t going to call any penalties to protect him. You may think it was an accident, but clearly the refs and the other teams feel quite differently, and the Pens are going to continue to suffer for it as long as he’s playing.

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