With the Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks all losing in the first round of the playoffs, the Ottawa Senators have become Canada’s team.
No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since the Canadiens in 1993 and the Senators are now the country’s only hope this year.
Our latest HIO poll asks which Eastern Conference team would you most like to see in the Stanley Cup final, and as of noon Wednesday 50 per cent had voted for the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by the Senators (24 per cent), New York Rangers (22 per cent) and Boston Bruins (4 per cent).
The Senators were beaten 4-1 by the Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
“It’s them and Chicago, they’ve been the two best teams in the whole league this season,” Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson told reporters after the game, while not ruling out his team’s chances against the Penguins. “Even though we’re not the best team on the ice all the time, we’re still finding ways to win.”
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