If only we had this same form throughout this season; the Ottawa Senators are looking like a team set to beat everyone at the bottom end of the season. On March 17th Brendan Bell scored twice and Filip Kuba had three assists for the Senators, giving him 31 on the season, as Ottawa beat Buffalo 4-2. Dany Heatley scored his 33rd goal and Daniel Alfredsson had the other goal.
Two nights later, it was the turn of the slumping Montreal Canadiens to come to Ottawa and they were treated to a pair of goals scored 52 seconds apart late in the first period by Jason Spezza. Alfredsson added a goal and an assist in the Ottawa Senators’ 5-4 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night. Nick Foligno and Jarkko Ruutu also scored for Ottawa, which has won three in a row and seven of eight. Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots and set an Ottawa rookie record with his seventh straight victory.
On Saturday the New York Islanders came calling and lost 2-5 @ Ottawa. Chris Neil, Filip Kuba, Mike Fisher, Heatley and Nick Foligno scored goals to help the Senators win their seventh straight home game. Elliott made 20 saves and Alfredsson and Bell had three assists each for Ottawa. Immediately after that, the Sens had to travel to New York and face the Rangers.
Ryan Shannon snapped a third-period tie and Alex Auld made 28 saves in a rare start to lead the Senators to a 2-1 victory over the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers on Sunday night. The Sens rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit, behind goals by Mike Comrie and Shannon, as they started a six-game road trip with their ninth win in 10 games (9-1) and fifth straight.
The late-season surge is most likely too late to get the Senators back into the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Ottawa (32-30-10) is in 11th place, three spots and seven points behind Montreal and the playoff cutoff with 10 games to play.