- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The Ottawa Senators are hoping to slip into the playoffs with a strong finish.

They’re going to need some help.

Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris had two goals apiece to lead Ottawa to a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

The Senators have picked up seven points in their last four games, but they are six points back of the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference with eight games remaining.

“We’ll have to continue to play hard in those games and I’ll like where we’ll be at the 82-game mark,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said. “I might be dreaming but that’s what I believe.”

Jared Cowen gave Ottawa a lift with a tiebreaking goal on a wrist shot 1:12 into the third period, and Clarke MacArthur made it 5-3 with a tip-in at 12:22. Turris then scored his 25th goal into an empty net.

“In the third we continued to play our game and we were smarter and made better decisions,” said Turris, who also had an assist.

“We put the puck deep when we were up by one or two and we played our game the whole way through, we just made smarter decisions in the third.”

Robin Lehner made 37 saves as the Senators (31-29-14) won back-to-back games on home ice for the first time since they won three straight in late December and early January.

Matt Stajan, Paul Byron and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames (31-37-7), and Karri Ramo made 31 saves.

Calgary outplayed Ottawa in the second, outshooting the Senators 21-9, but it was tied at 3 heading into the final period.

Byron, an Ottawa native, tied it at 2 when he corralled a rebound in the slot and put a shot into the top corner four minutes into the second.

It was Byron’s third career game in his hometown, and he has a goal in two of them. He scored his first goal in his second NHL game for Buffalo at the Senators on Jan. 25, 2011.

“I always enjoy playing in Ottawa in front of friends and family and I appreciative of all the things they’ve done for me over the years,” Byron said.

“It’s hard to stay focused sometimes and you get distracted getting tickets and putting people on lists to see after (the game). I just try to stay focused and I’m happy I have success here.”

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