No one will ever say the Ottawa Senators didn't earn their rightful place among the top eight in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13.
The Senators advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite missing No. 1 center Jason Spezza for almost all of the regular season, missing Norris Trophy defenseman Erik Karlsson for more than two months, and playing without No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson and high-scoring forward Milan Michalek for lengthy periods because of injuries.
"It's a tremendous credit to our players, first of all, and their perseverance through quite a bit of adversity this season," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "For us to make the playoffs under the circumstances that we were put under early in the season, I think is a great accomplishment by the group, and the players deserve all of the credit because they came out and played real hard."