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Sens 'surprise' with resiliency

Wednesday, 13.03.2013 / 12:07 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Sens \'surprise\' with resiliency



The Sens have been getting some NHL.com love lately and that continued today as the team was listed as one of their 24 first half surprises.

Here's what the site had to say:

20. Senators staying the course

Potentially season-ending injuries to star center Jason Spezza and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson probably should have derailed the Ottawa Senators' quest for a playoff berth. Those debilitating injuries still may kill Ottawa's season, but at least for now the Senators remain very much alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race despite not having their two best players.

What Ottawa is lacking in offense it has made up for in a League-best defense -- and this is despite the fact that Craig Anderson hasn't played since Feb. 21 because of an ankle injury. Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop have been terrific in goal and the Senators' penalty kill is among the best in the NHL.

While this story line has been highlighted, re-highlighted, bolded, italicised and underlined over the course of the season, it hasn't become any less extraordinary, especially when you do a quick pan across the league.

Consider Monday's shootout loss against Boston, who are a heavy Stanley Cup favourite. The Sens have lost 118 man games to injury. The Bruins have lost seven. The Sens have taken two of four points against the Bruins and sit six points back in the East, though the Bruins have played two fewer games. Not many teams hold up against an opponent that strong in a game or in the bigger picture under similar circumstances.

With players slowly trickling back from injury and encouraging signs like Guillaume Latendresse's beautiful goal against Boston on Monday, you never know what may happen from here on out.


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93