The Ottawa Senators had the opportunity to pull even with the top-seeded Penguins on Wednesday, but they were instead handed a demoralizing 7-3 loss on their home ice.
The rout gave Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals, raising the question of whether or not the Sens have a chance to come back against a high-flying Penguins squad led by the NHL’s best player, Sidney Crosby.
Ottawa’s captain isn’t too optimistic.
“Probably not,” Daniel Alfredsson said when asked if his team can come back to win the series, according to NHL.com’s Erin Nicks. “They have too much depth.”
Alfredsson, who tallied a goal and an assist in 15:47 of ice time Wednesday night, said his team will not give up the fight but acknowledged that his team has struggled to gain any momentum in the series.
“We don’t have much going for us right now,” he reportedly said. “Maybe that’s the way we like it.”
The Senators have been outscored 16-9 over the four games, with their lone win coming in double-overtime in Game 3. They will attempt to stave off elimination Friday night in Pittsburgh.