After opening the 2007-2008 season at an exciting pace that resulted in a 15-2 start, the Ottawa Senators simply fell off. Scoring slowed down, goaltending troubles abounded and head coach John Paddock was eventually fired. The Sens ended the regular season on an ugly note, finishing 6th in the East after leading the conference almost all seasons.
The first round of the 2008 playoffs saw Ottawa pitted against the upstart Pittsburgh Penguins and things are not going well. Crosby, Gonchar, Malkin and Sykora have had the Senators’ card from the start and the young Pens team now sits at a comfortable 3-0 series lead going into Wednesday’s game.
While many Ottawa fans are hoping for some sort of comeback, they are quite likely to be the first team ousted from the post-season tomorrow in a clean four-game sweep; a disappointing loss after last year’s run at the Stanley Cup. The Sens will have some real soul-searching to do as they try to figure out why their all-star roster (including Dany Heatley, the highest paid player in the league this year) can’t seem to get it together.
See you next season Sens!