As hard as it is to say. It has to end sometime.
The Ottawa Senators are out of the 2012 NHL playoffs.
The dream of brining the cup back to Canada was shattered last night thanks to the New York Rangers. It was a hard fought battle at Madison Square Garden with a lot of concentrated effort by the Senators, especially in the third period, but alas, the Rangers won 2-1.
Whether you like them or not, they are a Canadian team and to their credit, did actually make it to the playoffs.
Erik Karlsson had an amazing year and was on fire for much of it. Ottawa hosted the NHL All-Star game in January, Chris Phillips played his 1000th game and on June 14, 2011, the Senators announced the signing of Paul MacLean to a three-year contract as the new head coach.
While their season was a bit of a roller coaster, they managed to make it work and I have to say captain Daniel Alfredsson played his best last night in what could have been his final game wearing the red, white and black.
Whether or not he returns, he leaves a legacy for the next crop of players to follow next season.
Last night Alfredsson spoke to the media.
“It’s an empty feeling,” Alfredsson said, “especially when the game goes down to the last seconds.”
Alfredsson said it “feels weird” and called it “tough” that the playoffs are suddenly over.
The loss marks the fifth time Ottawa has clashed with an Original Six club, and the Senators have lost all five previous. The four games prior were against the Toronto Maple Leafs between 2000 and 2004.
While we can look at this either way, at the end of the day, there’s always next season and maybe, just maybe, the cup will make it to hockey country.