Thursday, April 6, 2017

Senators Clinch Playoff Berth and Leapfrog Bruins in Atlantic Standings

The Ottawa Senators needed just one point to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday at TD Garden against the Bruins.

They got two.

Kyle Turris scored the lone goal in a 2-1 shootout victory over Boston after Alexander Burrows tied the game in the second period for Ottawa, who was without Erik Karlsson.

"A lot of ups and a lot of downs," said defenseman Dion Phaneuf after the win. "It just feels really good to have the opportunity to compete in the playoffs and to do it with this group--the way that we really worked--is a great feeling."

The Senators move ahead of the Bruins by a point and into second place in the Atlantic with 96 points. Ottawa has two games remaining and a game in hand on the Bruins. Toronto, which fell to the Lightning at home, is three points back of the Senators with 93 points -- they also have two games remaining.

"It's awesome," said Senators forward Mark Stone. "We bring in a new group this year, a whole new staff, and we bought in from the start. ... We battled a ton of adversity in the last three, four weeks."