OTTAWA, Ontario – 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.