The Ottawa Senators were so close, had a couple of good chances to finish it in the final minutes, but just couldn’t get past the Vancouver Canucks and sweep their three western Canadian opponents for the first time.
Mark Stone has put up some impressive numbers so far this year, but he knows that’s only one part of the big picture in his dream to play in the National Hockey League. The 19-year-old captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings racked up 19 goals and 27 assists — 46 points in his first 22 games — to lead the entire Canadian Hockey League in scoring. The right winger is also one of the Ottawa Senators’ most enticing young prospects.
With their 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, the Ottawa Senators accomplished a rare feat. They swept Alberta for the first time since they did it in the 2002-03 season when they beat the Calgary Flames 1-0 and the Oilers 2-0.