Disappointing end to Ottawa playoff party

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:10 AM ET

Peter Regin is not ready to go home. Not even close.

“It was a huge disappointment, probably the biggest disappointment I’ve ever, ever had,” the Senators rookie said of watching Pascal Dupuis’ OT shot end Ottawa’s season in the sixth game of the best-of-seven, first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “It was a party out there. The fans were great. We just wanted the party to continue.”

The Senators were in control of their fate, owning a three goal lead until the midway point of the second. Then the roof caved in.

Pittsburgh scored once before the second intermission, and added a pair of goals a little more than five minutes apart in the third to send the game into overtime.

“They had the breaks (last night), I think,” said Regin. “They had some momentum going into overtime, but it’s just one shot in overtime. They were good enough to score the goal.”

Of being what turned out to be over protective of the cushion — the Senators had just four shots on goal in the third, Regin added: “When you have the lead with one goal you want to make sure they don’t score. Maybe you sit back too much. We didn’t create too much in the third period.”

Matt Cullen, an unrestricted free agent come July, was obviously downtrodden.

“We were feeling like we put ourselves in a good position to get a win,” he said. “To see it slip away the way it did is obviously not easy to take. Very disappointing.”

Cullen said it’s too early to talk about whether that was his final game as a Senator.

“Obviously it’s a pretty abrupt ending,” he said. “It’s hard to say (what the future holds). But I will say this is a total class organization, the team has a lot of heart and it’s a great bunch of guys. I’ve loved my time here.”

Sidney Crosby, who was held pointless for the only time in the series (14 points in six games), said the Senators were a handful.

“That’s what we expected,” said Crosby. “When you look at their lineup, their ‘D’ and things like that ... it’s the third time I’ve played them (in the playoffs) in (four) years. We have a pretty good idea of their team and the way they play.”


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