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Condra: We're going to work hard

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 2:32 PM ET
By Chris Lund - / Inside the Senate Blog
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Condra: We\'re going to work hard

Those who watch the Sens play night in and night out have no doubt been impressed with the work of Erik Condra.

The 26 year old has been a shining example of the brand of hockey this team wants to play each game. A smart player who competes in all three zones and creates havoc around the opposing crease, Condra has not only emerged as a solid two-way player, but one who is a catalyst for puck possession by forcing turnovers and handling himself well in corners.

The key to his game is understanding where to be on the ice and what to do when you get the puck.

"I think I just try to be smart about the game and know where to be defensively and it ends up leading to my offensive chances. A big part of it is just getting the puck out of your zone and once it's out of your zone you don't have to play defence as much."

Many will argue that the Sens were the better team the last time they played the Maple Leafs. They tested Toronto offensively and played sound defence despite integrating three new players into the lineup. One sided "puck luck" led to Toronto goals off of odd bounces, and kept the puck of the Leafs net.

If the Sens can pot a couple of goals, it stands to reason that they should fare better at home. The question is how they go about it.

"We just need to go from what we're doing right now. I think last game we had just lost a few guys and we were at a low point. We've got some young guys scoring now and we're looking to keep that going and it's goals by committee for the rest of us."

It goes without saying at this point that many around the league have written off the Sens, particularly after the latest injuries to Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson. During a shortened season where there is no room for error, missing your top centre (Jason Spezza), defenceman and goaltender is a hat trick no team dreams of.

With the pressure off, in many ways, the Sens are channeling the low expectations of others motivation and wins.

"A little bit, yeah. I think that low point was in Pittsburgh after Karl (Erik Karlsson) went down but we regrouped and we know who we are. We have a lot of young guys but we're going to work hard and do all the right things to win games."




1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02