Those wild and crazy, playoff-bound Senators returned to Ottawa on Tuesday, unlikely regular season heroes.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson was being cheered as soon as his face appeared on the scoreboard screen, pre-game. An "Alfie!" chant broke with 11 minutes to go in each period — get it, No. 11 — not a ripper chant, but hey, even fans are saving a little something for the playoffs.

Thanks for the season, fans at Scotiabank Place were saying.

Thanks for a season that extends beyond Thursday's final home date, versus the Boston Bruins, beyond Saturday, when the Senators play game No. 82 in New Jersey.