Senators clinch playoff spot with win over Islanders
Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris, right, takes a shot past New York Islanders' Andrew MacDonald during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 1, 2012, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Senators defeated the Islanders 5-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Published Sunday, April 1, 2012 5:18PM EDT
The Ottawa Senators' break from the playoffs will only last one season after the team clinched a post-season berth with a 5-1 road win over the New York Islanders Sunday.
Kyle Turris had two goals with two assists and Milan Michalek added a goal and two assists for the Senators, who were without captain Daniel Alfredsson (flu) and Jason Spezza (birth of his second child).
Craig Anderson was in goal for the win, his fourth straight victory since returning from a hand injury.
Mark Streit scored the only goal for the Islanders, assisted by John Tavares and Matt Moulson.
Senators forward Jesse Winchester of Long Sault returned after missing 44 games with a concussion, getting an assist on Nick Foligno's 15th of the year.
Ottawa can finish as high as second in the Eastern Conference and as low as eighth, with three games remaining.
The Senators have only missed the playoffs twice in the last 15 years.