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Have you noticed? Ottawa’s starting to win some games

Jan 6, 2014, 11:29 AM EST

Mark Stone, AP

The Ottawa Senators overcame a barrage of injuries to make the playoffs in 2013. But for a variety of reasons, the wins have been harder to come by this season. Until lately.

On Saturday, the Sens won their fourth straight (and fifth in six) with a 4-3 overtime victory in Montreal. With another two points, they moved to within two points of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, putting further pressure on a pair of struggling teams, Toronto and Detroit.

“The goal is to be in the playoffs at the end of the season,” said goalie Craig Anderson, per Sens Extra.

“That’s been our goal since Day 1. Obviously we didn’t play the first half the way we wanted to, but things right now are starting to go in our favor. We’re working hard at it.

“We’re getting better every day. If you worry about what you can control, and that’s how we work and how we play, the end result, if we keep winning games, usually you end up in the playoffs because you’re winning more games than you’re losing.”

So good last season, Anderson’s numbers have fallen dramatically in 2013-14, from a save percentage of .941 to .904. But he’s been better lately, with five straight victories to show for it.

And according to coach Paul MacLean, “We’re not spending as much time in our own zone, or turning over as many pucks as we did earlier in the year, which makes it a little easier to manage momentum.”

The Sens have a tough game Wednesday in Colorado, followed by two more road contests in Nashville and Minnesota.

  1. hockey412 - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Clearly not many Ottawa fans on this site….just crickets….

    Well, I liked the article, anyway.

    • spezzdispenser - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      You inspired me to open an account so I could represent! Sens are great on paper, it’s about time they got a little streak going!

      • hockey412 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Well played, sir!

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I’ve believed all year that the Cup will be won by the best team that has the fewest players going to Sochi, having your star players be able to take a mid season break rather than half to fly to the other side of the world (and back) deal with jet lag both ways and play a bunch of games in a short window is a huge advantage.

    I think Ottawa is part of the group of teams that will fall in that category. Ryan and Murray and Sens fans may have been upset by what happened last week but I’m sure they’ll get over it if he’s able to refresh and helps them play in June.

  3. sens101 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Haha we’re here. However, this “article” was pretty much copied and pasted from The Sun and Citizen newspapers from Ottawa. No point in reading it twice!

  4. sens101 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    cue the chirrping…. lol

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