Alive, but barely.
This is no April Fool's joke, the Senators moved to within four points of the final wild card spot in the East with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.
Winger Ales Hemsky scored the winner in the skills competion as the Senators won three straight for the only the second time this season and for the first time since Jan. 2.
While it will still take a monumental effort for the Senators to get to the playoffs with seven games left, they at least sent the 16,732 at the Canadian Tire Centre home happy with the victory.
Neither Craig Anderson, who made 30 stops in 65 minutes, or Carolina's Cam Ward, who faced 28 shots, were tested a whole heck of a lot. The Senators passed up on a lot of good chances. Anderson stopped all three shooters.
Mika Zibanejad scored in regulation for the Senators while Jeff Skinner replied for the Hurricanes. That's where the offence stopped as the two teams had to play extra time to try to settle this.