Senators limp out of playoffs with loss to Penguins

Senators forward Milan Michalek gets checked by Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik in front of...

Senators forward Milan Michalek gets checked by Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik in front of goaltender Tomas Vokoun during Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, May 24, 2013. (ERROL McGIHON/Ottawa Sun)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - The resolve the Ottawa Senators showed all season turned into the sad realization their season is over.

In the end, the sole casualty was pride.

The Senators will pack their bags and head their separate ways for a summer that came too quickly in the end after dropping their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal to the top-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins with a 6-2 loss Friday night.

After battling odds, adversity and knocking off the Montreal Canadiens in Round 1, the Senators ran out of miracles as the Penguins closed this dance out with a 4-1 series victory at the Consol Energy Center to advance to the East final for the third time in six years.

James Neal had a hat trick while Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Brenden Morrow also beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Only Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris solved Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun.

The last Canadian team alive in these playoffs, the Senators shaking hands with the Penguins extends the country’s Stanley Cup drought to 20 years. The Habs were the last to hoist the trophy in 1993 and sadly it will be awarded south of the border again this spring.


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