ST. PAUL, MINN. - The Senators returned home from a nine-day trip to the U.S. with something important to declare — the five points from three games that keep them alive and well in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Confernce.
A 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center actually gave them three wins and an overtime loss since they last played in Ottawa, a stretch that started with an overtime win in Montreal which was followed by a day’s stopover at home before they headed to Colorado, Nashville and St. Paul.
It also improved their record to 6-0-1 in their last seven.
The victory over the Wild left the Senators with a 21-18-8 mark and 50 points, which is just one back of the Toronto Maple Leafs, holders of the last wild card spot.
Leading up to the game, some wondered how coach Paul MacLean could stray from his winning formula by sitting No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson, who was on a 6-0-2 run that ranked among the best of his career.