Superstar goaltender Dominik Hasek went down with a groin injury at the Torino Olympics while playing with his native Czech Republic.
The Senators’ Cup dreams rested on the rookie shoulders of Ray Emery â€“ at least until Hasek got healthy.
Emery, who had impressed in what little time he saw as Hasek’s backup early in the season, has carried the load and then some.
The 23-year-old puckstopper has started every game in goal for the Senators since the Olympic break, going 13-3-2 with a 2.14 goals-against average and two shutouts in that span.
Lindy Ruff came out of his office wearing a bowling shirt, a gift from the Buffalo Sabres in honor of his 300th career coaching victory.
Ruff, however, knew there was a number more special: 100 points. That’s how many the Sabres have produced after Daniel Briere scored the tying and winning goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour underwent back surgery to repair a herniated disc on Wednesday.