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Senators reach century mark

Wednesday, 03.22.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators reach century mark
Ottawa Senators rookie forward Brian McGrattan was one of the players who participated in the optional skate today. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

With Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place, the Senators reached 100 points for the fifth time in team history.

Forward Bryan Smolinski said the team should be proud to reach the century mark.

"To get 100 points and keep moving forward is awesome."

The Senators have now run off three consecutive 100-point seasons, and five in their past seven campaigns. The best mark for points in team history came during the 2002-03 season when the Senators accumulated 113.

On Wednesday, the Senators were given the option of skating, or working out in the conditioning room.

"The time off at this time of year is important for sure," defenceman Wade Redden said. "There's been lots of games and guys are banged up."

Added defenceman Zdeno Chara, "It's only to our advantage to be able to regroup."

Meanwhile, centre Jason Spezza said after a few days of rest, he plans to skate tomorrow at practice and on Friday when the Senators visit the Buffalo Sabres.

"I feel a lot better today," he said after receiving treatment on his hip pointer injury.

With just 14 games remaining in the regular season, coach Bryan Murray looks back at the Senators' slump just prior to the Winter Olympic break as a blessing. While reaching 100 points would have come earlier with more wins during that period, he wouldn't trade in the experience gained during the stretch.

"To go through a cycle where the team isn't very good, I feel you have to do that. It prepares you for pressure time. It allows you to understand how to come back and be good again. We have a number of younger players, and for them to go through that, it's worthwhile. That's why the regular season is so important."

Penguin punisher

Forward Peter Schaefer enjoyed the four-game series with the Penguins this season. The left-winger scored three goals and seven points as the Senators swept the Eastern Conference opponent 4-0.

Schaefer has set career highs in goals (18), assists (29) and points (47) this season.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02