Senators' road wins weren't exactly against NHL's best, but still ...

Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen controls the puck against Minnesota Wild forward Dany...

Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen controls the puck against Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minn., Jan. 14, 2014. (HANNAH FOSLIEN/Getty Images/AFP)

Don Brennan, QMI Agency

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Before anyone gets too carried away here, it should be noted that the Senators' recent tour of the Western Conference did not see them go anywhere near California.

No, it's not like their three games were in Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles.

They dominated but then suffered a meltdown against a Colorado Avalanche team that was coming off a loss to the not-so-mighty Calgary Flames. They might have not even escaped Denver with an overtime point had Patrick Roy woken his charges before the final TV timeout.

They snuck away from Nashville with a shootout victory over a Predators team that has very little scoring up front and is sorely missing its injured, world-class goalie.

And they beat a Minnesota team that was minus its best two forwards, one of its top defenceman and its No. 1 goalie.

The good news is the Senators are no longer following up decent performances with lousy ones. They seem to have shaken off the inconsistent label they wore through the first three months of the schedule.


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