With their playoffs lives on the line, the Ottawa Senators turned in two dud performances against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers over the weekend to throw away three critical points. Ottawa did pick up a single point in an overtime loss to Toronto on Saturday night, but they blew a late 3-1 lead in the process to one of the most inept teams in the National Hockey League. The Senators did not improve their fate with a 4-2 home loss the following night against the Florida Panthers. The Senators did score two third period goals courtesy of Erik Karlsson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, but it wasn’t enough as future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr scored two goals to propel Florida to the win.
The Senators will have to start racking up wins quickly if they want to make the post-season. It all starts with the Sens’ final game in the month of March against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night. The busy week continues with a Thursday night tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning and a Saturday night clash with the Washington Capitals. The week concludes when the Senators and Maple Leafs square off for “Hometown Hockey” on Sunday night.
The Ottawa 67’s, meanwhile, continue to show their NHL counterparts how it’s done. Originally predicted to be in the race for the first overall pick in the OHL, instead the Ottawa 67’s shocked everyone and secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The 67’s were matched up with the Niagara Ice Dogs, and have battled to secure an early 2-0 lead in the series as the series shifts to Niagara home territory. The 67’s scored a wild 8-5 victory on Thursday night, but followed it up with an impressive 8-2 win on Saturday afternoon. Dante Salituro currently leads all OHLers in playoff scoring, with four goals and three assists in just two games. Fellow 67’s Jeremiah Addison, Nevin Guy, and captain Travis Konecny are all tied for second in the entire league with six points. Ottawa will look to keep up the high-scoring place as the series continues tonight in St. Catherine’s, home of the Niagara Ice Dogs. Good luck!