It’s a post-season berth no one was expecting.
Still, 13 hours after playoff tickets were announced, fans were waiting for the Scotiabank Place box office to open Saturday morning.
Self-described “diehard” fan Colton Crabtree, 23, and his girlfriend, Mea Sauve-Landry, were first in line and left with six tickets.
They went in person to ensure they got the seats they wanted.
“I think we have potential to go far. All the young guns are stepping up,” said Crabtree.
Carr Evans and Ryan Campbell were next in line and shared the exuberance.
“Last year, no one thought the Sens would finish,” said Campbell, from Kanata, adding he knows the Sens will be the underdog no matter who they face.
Christian Fiset of Hull was buying tickets for himself, his son, and his son’s friend and decided to do it in person.
“Ten years ago, you would have maybe like 300, 400 people lining up and it would take awhile to get through, but (Saturday) will take 30 seconds, Fiset said, motioning to the two dozen people waiting.
“I usually come, always, for the playoffs, especially for the first round because the tickets are not as expensive.”
Fans are just happy the season is continuing.
“I’m amazed by what they were able to accomplish with so many injuries,” said Fiset.
He was glad to see star defenceman Erik Karlsson make a comeback during Thursday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
The team went 16-11-4 in his absence after Karlsson’s left Achilles tendon was cut by Pittsburgh Penguins’ winger Matt Cooke’s skate on Feb. 13.
He was expected to play in the final regular season home game Saturday evening, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mark Parchem brought his family from Sudbury to catch the Sens in action.
“I’m not surprised,” by the Sens making the playoffs, said an excited Parchem.
“I expected them to be here.”
If injured centre Jason Spezza returns, he’s predicting the Senators will still be kicking in the third round.
Their regular season ends Sunday in Boston.
This marks the Sens’ 14th playoff appearance in the past 16 seasons.
Fans are hoping to avoid squaring off against the Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I think they can win the first round,” said Fiset.
Campbell takes it further.
“Bring on whoever,” he said.
“Sens in six.”