Sens playoff ticket sales improving

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

It's not like the good old days -- and it's a far cry from what's going on in Pittsburgh -- but playoff fever is slowly on the rise in Ottawa.

Senators president Cyril Leeder said Monday morning that 2,500 tickets were still available for Games 3 and 4 at Scotiabank Place on Sunday and Tuesday.

"Hockey Country" might be a more suitable nickname for the Penguins' home town, where Games 1 and 2, Wednesday and Friday, were sold out in minutes.

"We had a reasonably good weekend, and a good morning, so (sales are) starting to move a little better now," Leeder said. "That's been normal, the last few times we've been in the playoffs for the first round. Until the opponent is known, and the game times and dates ... it usually takes a little longer to get those tickets sold."

The Senators averaged more than 18,250 during the regular season, but sold out just 12 games.

Asked if there was a fear of a less-than-capacity crowd when Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the defending champions are in town for the biggest games of the season, Leeder replied: "We've got to get those games sold.

"We've played (Pittsburgh) the first round the last two (times the Senators have been in the playoffs)," added Leeder, "and we've got there on sellouts, but it's been right to the wire to do that."

As was the case for Daniel Alfredsson Day last Saturday, and playoffs past, the Senators will have their full "Red Zone" party set up outside Scotiabank Place on day games.

Leeder said a long playoff run could boost season-ticket numbers by as much as 2,000. The Senators finished the season with 10,000. They peaked at 13,000 in 2008 after the club made it to the Stanley Cup final that spring.


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