The Senators’ playoff hopes are no longer on life support. The plug was pulled Tuesday night. The two points and the goals by captain Jason Spezza in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the Nassau County Coliseum turned out to be meaningless as Ottawa was officially eliminated. The Senators, who had been barely alive for weeks, were put to rest when Detroit and Columbus both earned points in their respect games. That means Ottawa can no longer catch either team. Instead of getting ready for the post-season, the Senators can get ready to start packing their bags next week as they head for a long off-season. Ales Hemsky also beat Isles’ goalie Anders Nilsson and Matt Kassian put in an empty net. Goaltender Craig Anderson bounced back with a strong performance but it was too little too late. The reality is this game turned out to be nothing more than details. With only three games left, the Senators can look towards next year with many questions. The future of coach Paul MacLean is uncertain because this team wasn’t expected to miss the playoffs. “That’s the position we put ourselves in,” said Spezza. “We haven't collected enough points. You can’t leave it up to other teams to lose games everybody wins at this time of year.” Spezza’s second of the game at 12:45 had to be reviewed because he saw it go in but the officials didn’t. He fired it from the goal line upstairs and Toronto had to rule it a goal before it counted. Nielsen tied it up 1-1 only 22 seconds into the third when he was able to backhand home a rebound. He was left alone in front and Anderson didn’t have much of a chance to get to the puck. “I’m going to hate it over the next few weeks when I’m watching guys play in the playoffs,” said Marc Methot, who had two assists. “Being a Canadian boy and living off watching playoff hockey, it’s going to be a struggle for me personally. “Once all that is past, the good thing is it makes you realize how badly you want to be in it. This will be a good reminder next season for a lot of us to realize how big a deal it is not to make the playoffs.” You have to wonder about a team that is pushed to the limits by what’s essentially the club’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. There were 10 callups in the lineup and it took the Senators every ounce.
Senators eliminated from playoffs despite win over Islanders
Ottawa Sun | Apr 9