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Zibanejad scores 2, lifts Senators to 5-2 win over Sharks and into playoff position

  • Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan (6) gets upended by San Jose Sharks' Matt Nieto during second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

    Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan (6) gets upended by San Jose Sharks' Matt Nieto during second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) slams into Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond as his shot makes its way into the net for a second period goal during an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

    San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) slams into Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond as his shot makes its way into the net for a second period goal during an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad, center, celebrates a goal with teammate Mike Hoffman as San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 23, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

    Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad, center, celebrates a goal with teammate Mike Hoffman as San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 23, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)  (The Associated Press)

Mika Zibanejad scored twice, and the Ottawa Senators moved into an Eastern Conference playoff position with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

The Senators (37-24-11) earned their seventh straight win and jumped one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for the second wild-card spot in the East with a game in hand. Ottawa is above the postseason cutoff for the first time since late November.

Alex Chiasson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Ottawa. Andrew Hammond, making his seventh straight start, stopped 29 shots and improved to 14-0-1 in his first 15 NHL starts.

Joe Pavelski and Chris Tierney scored for the Sharks. Antti Niemi made 32 saves.

The Senators scored four unanswered goals in the third period — two within a span of 1:12.