The Ottawa Senators continue to keep their playoff hopes alive and they did so by defeating the Florida Panthers 5-2 Monday night.
Mads Sugard made 32 saves in the win to move the Washington Capitals into the Eastern Conference standings and move within five points of the No. 2 draft team held by the Pittsburgh Penguins. They find themselves just two points behind the Panthers, who will meet for the last time this season on April 6.
With the Panthers’ loss, the Maple Leafs’ playoff spot was officially confirmed.
In a duel between the Tkachuk brothers, it was Brady’s forces who had the last laughs as Matthew was cleared from the scoresheet. In Game 1 on October 29, Elder recorded a goal and two assists in a Panthers win.
The young Sens captain scored his team’s first goal midway through the first half by setting up the one-timer after a fine pass from Thomas Chabot. It was his 34th goal of the season.
“I think we played a good game, took our chances and got two important points. We have to keep our momentum going for the next two games,” said Alex Debrinkat.
“I think in general we were very good. The performance wasn’t bad. We had some problems with the penalties and they took their chances. I think we won the 5v5 game, but the special teams didn’t work in our favour. »
The crowd joined in and sang the “Better Brady” chant several times to stir up the Tkachuk brothers’ rivalry.
“To be honest, I thought it was pretty cool,” said Stötzl of the vocals. I think we also have to give credit to Matthew. I think he’s got 97 points, he’s an unreal player and he’s got some chances tonight as well, but in the end I’m definitely going to stay with Brady. »
Erik Brannström doubled the hosts’ lead by hitting the target in a five-man attack with a minute left in the period, assisted by Brady Tkachuk.
Gustav Forsling put the Panthers on the board in the second period, but the Senators’ solid power performance hit twice more through Alex DeBrincat and Tim Stützle.
Shin Bento put the finishing touches into an empty net.
Forsling eventually scored both goals for the Panthers, whose losing streak stretches to four games. The individual streak of Alexander Barkov also ended, it was he who collected at least 1 point in the last 10 matches.
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