After a one-year absence from the playoffs, Sens Army is in full march once again.
The popular Sens Mile on Elgin Street is the designated ground zero for fans to come to celebrate as the Senators prepare to take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight.
Since the successful run to the Cup finals in 2007, Sarah O’Grady and her Sens Mile partner, Cameron Bishop, have wanted to see a return to the festivities of the mile on Elgin Street.
“We wanted to give Sens fans a central area to congregate together, feed off each other and build excitement,” said O’Grady. “We chose Elgin to support the team because there are so many establishments there that support the team.”
“I think we have a pretty good chance,” said Samuel Wright. “If we … keep Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin in check, there’s no reason we can’t win.”
“Everyone thinks of them as an underdog and out in the first round,” said Michael Bradley, leader of the Red Scarf Union of Senators fans. “That works to their advantage, and they can take that and use it. As long as they’re strong defensively, they can go far this year.”