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Senators scratch and claw for significant point in shootout loss to Red Wings

Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 28: (L-R) Mark Stone #61, Erik Karlsson #65 and Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate a first period goal by Karlsson against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 28, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Things were looking especially dicey for the Ottawa Senators more than once against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Ottawa entered the third period down 2-1. Erik Karlsson scored his second point of the evening to tie it up early in the final frame ... but then things got grim as Gustav Nyquist netted back-to-back goals.

The Senators didn’t shrink from the challenge, however, as Kyle Turris provided a goal and an assist to tie it 4-4. After a lengthy shootout, the Red Wings ultimately won 5-4 (SO) ... but Ottawa grabbed a crucial point.

With this result, the Senators now lead the Tampa Bay Lightning by four points with four games remaining for each squad. Securing a playoff spot is most important.

At least ... it is now that the Sens have dropped five straight games. Carving out a point could be key in seeding, too, as you may notice from the Atlantic standings.

Atlantic update

2. Maple Leafs - 93 points in 78 games
3. Senators - 92 points in 78 games

Bruins - 92 points in 79 games
Lightning - 88 points in 78 games

It wasn’t always pretty, but this was an important point for the Senators. Honestly, you can almost absolve them for viewing this almost as a win.