Senators out of playoffs despite win over Islanders

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators takes a break during the game against the New York Islanders...

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators takes a break during the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 8, 2014 in Uniondale. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:55 PM ET

The Senators' playoff hopes are no longer on life support.

The plug was pulled Tuesday night.

The two points and the goals by captain Jason Spezza in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the Nassau County Coliseum turned out to be meaningless as Ottawa was officially eliminated.

The Senators, who had been barely alive for weeks, were put to rest when Detroit and Columbus both earned points in their respect games. That means Ottawa can no longer catch either team.

Instead of getting ready for the post-season, the Senators can get ready to start packing their bags next week as they head for a long off-season.

Ales Hemsky also beat Isles' goalie Anders Nilsson and Matt Kassian put in an empty net. Goaltender Craig Anderson bounced back with a strong performance but it was too little too late. The reality is this game turned out to be nothing more than details.

With only three games left, the Senators can look towards next year with many questions. The future of coach Paul MacLean is uncertain because this team wasn't expected to miss the playoffs.

"That's the position we put ourselves in," said Spezza. "We have collected enough points. You can't leave it up to other teams to lose games everybody wins at this time of year."


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