The Ottawa Senators refused to let a rash of injuries keep them out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Senators capped their unlikely run to a playoff berth Thursday night when Sergei Gonchar's power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime gave Ottawa a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals and the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

Gonchar blasted a slap shot from inside the right circle past Michal Neuvirth to give the Senators the victory and eliminate the Winnipeg Jets, the only team that could have caught them. The goal came with Washington's Mike Ribeiro serving a roughing penalty he took with 58 seconds left in regulation.


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