Senators one win away from securing playoff berth

By Wayne Scanlan
Ottawa Citizen

NEW YORK — With one game left to play, the Senators are where they need to be.

Among the top eight in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

“We just want to get in,” said winger Clarke MacArthur of the Senators’ push toward a playoff position. “That’s all we’re thinking of here.”

For the second time since this unprecedented Senators surge began seven weeks ago, the Senators are in a playoff spot, moving past idle Pittsburgh and the losing Boston Bruins (who lost 4-2 in Florida against the Panthers) into a wild-card spot with 97 points. The Penguins have 96 points, and two games to play. The Senators have one game left — a Saturday matinee in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh owns the tiebreak on Ottawa, as do the Bruins, so the Senators much finish higher in points than one of their adversaries.

The Senators usually have a good…

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