Against all odds, Ottawa Senators still succeed

Ottawa Senators Sergei Gonchar tries to check Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Cooke in front of Sens...

Ottawa Senators Sergei Gonchar tries to check Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Cooke in front of Sens netminder Craig Anderson during NHL Eastern Conference semi-final playoff hockey action at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Tuesday May 14,2013. Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

The Ottawa Senators were counted out when they lost top centre Jason Spezza to back surgery in January.

They were written off when defenceman Erik Karlsson had surgery on his lacerated Achilles in February, the same night Milan Michalek aggravated a knee injury in warmup.

Then, to make matters worse, the Senators lost No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson for six weeks with an ankle sprain.

Through it all, they persevered. They got up off the mat, they found a way to overcome the injuries and make the playoffs for the second straight year. Against all odds they sent the Montreal Canadiens packing in five games in Round 1.

Now, the Senators face another huge challenge. As the Senators return home for Game 3 Sunday of their Round 2 series against the No. 1-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins, they must find a way to complete a feat by winning a series when trailing 2-0 for the first time in franchise history.


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