Pittsburgh Penguins handle Ottawa Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins' Douglas Murray (3) tries to stop Ottawa Senators' Zack Smith (15) from getting...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Douglas Murray (3) tries to stop Ottawa Senators' Zack Smith (15) from getting the puck with Penguins' goalie Tomas Vokoun guards his net during the first period of NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place Monday. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

The Senators have hit the skids on the road to the playoffs.

While still control their own destiny with three games left in the season, the pressure to clinch a playoff spot is mounting after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins in an uninspired effort at Scotiabank Place on Monday night.

Not only did the Senators fail to exact revenge on Penguins villain Matt Cooke for injuring top defenceman Erik Karlsson, only Patrick Wiercioch was able to beat Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun, who made 33 stops in his 700th career game.


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