Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sens keep hopes alive

OTTAWA—There is still some life in the Ottawa Senators.
Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris scored twice yesterday as the Senators doubled the Calgary Flames 6-3—giving Ottawa seven points in its past four games.

The win moves the Sens to within six points of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference with eight games to go.
“We’ll have to continue to play hard in those games and I’ll like where we’ll be at the 82-game mark,” said Senators’ coach Paul MacLean.
“I might be dreaming but that’s what I believe.”
Clarke MacArthur scored on a tip-in 13 minutes into the third period after Jared Cowen had given the Senators a 4-3 lead a little over a minute into the third period.
That third period was what allowed the Senators to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“We were very pleased with how we played the third period, giving up six shots, and the way we put the game away was good,” MacLean noted.
Turris scored into an empty net and Robin Lehner made 37 saves, allowing the Senators (31-29-14) to win back-to-back games on home ice for the first time since they won three-straight in late December and early January.
“In the third, we continued to play our game, and we were smarter and made better decisions,” said Turris, who also had an assist.
“We put the puck deep when we were up by one or two, and we played our game the whole way through,” he noted.
“We just made smarter decisions in the third.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, the N.Y. Rangers blanked Edmonton 5-0, Pittsburgh beat Chicago 4-1, Boston edged Philadelphia 4-3 (SO), Detroit nipped Tampa Bay 3-2, and Nashville shaded Washington 4-3 (SO).

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