KANATA, Ont. -- Veteran defenseman Chris Phillips played in his 100th postseason game on Monday night, and in his 12 years of playoff participation, the Ottawa Senators blueliner has garnered plenty of memories while chasing Lord Stanley's infamous mug.
"There's some big moments in there," Phillips said. "My first series was when were seeded eighth and we beat New Jersey [in 1998]. That was huge for us and huge for the city. The excitement that was in [Ottawa] after we won was unbelievable.
"For me, scoring in overtime in Game 6 against the Devils in the [2003 Eastern] Conference Finals was a big goal and memorable for me. The year we went to the Stanley Cup Finals [against the Anaheim Ducks in 2007] was obviously big, too. If there was any part that blended together, it was those three or four years when it seemed like we played Toronto every year and came up on the wrong end."
The Sens' current series has been another to remember for Phillips. No one expected Ottawa to participate in this year's postseason, and as the club's group of veterans and fresh-faced young players banded together, they clawed their way into the eighth seed. The top-seeded New York Rangers lead their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series 2-1, but Phillips has been doing this a long time -- he knows the team has to stay the course.