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Senators vs. Canadiens: Game One

Thursday, 05.2.2013 / 11:20 AM ET
By Chris Lund - / Inside the Senate Blog
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4:00 pm: It's here and ready for you. Gord Wilson's game preview. Consider yourself informed after watching this.

3:40 pm: Sens fans all over the world are getting fired up for game one...

3:00 pm: Sens TV is in Montreal to bring you the audio and visual goods required to keep track of the Sens. We have the following from the Bell Centre...

Paul MacLean

Daniel Alfredsson

Erik Karlsson

Craig Anderson

2:30 pm: Craig Anderson had some thoughts on the series ahead prior to his start tonight...

On Montreal's atmosphere:

Playoffs is another animal. Fans seem to step up their game quite a bit and we as players have to do the same.
On how the Sens found a way into the playoffs:
Everyone had a role and they knew their job. We didn't stray from that. Guys found what worked for them and continued to do it. Nobody tried to do anybody else's job. No one tried to do too much. When there was no play, you protect the puck, get it deep and limit the amount of turnovers. You don't want to create any offence for the other team. At the same time, we did a good job all year of finding ways to win regardless of who was in the lineup.
On if he thinks about legacy building in the playoffs:
Not at all. This is a team game and so much depends on your peers and how well everybody plays together. As an individual you're only as good as the guys around you and most of the credit to the guys who win any particular award usually is a direct results of their linemates or their teammates or something somebody did to help them out.
1:30 pm: Some notable quotables from Coach MacLean today during his media availability...

On pairing Gryba and Cowen together:

I had to look up at them and I like that.
Message to players getting ready to play their first game:
Prepare yourself to enjoy it because it's going to be a lot of fun.
On Jason Spezza's status:
He's having a normal rehab day so whatever that requires. (in Ottawa)
On playing in Montreal:
It's the Montreal Canadiens, the most storied franchise in the league. The building is going to be electric... our expectations is our players are going to feed off that.
On the team's underdog status:
We're the seventh seed, that's what we are. We are the underdog. Would I rather be the first seed? Absolutely. I would love to have the 100 points but we're not at that point yet... right now we're seven so we're the underdog.
On how long it will take to settle in:
That depends on them. If Montreal behaves the way we want them to it'll be right away. I have a funny feeling they're not going to behave right away.
1:00 pm: The Sens lineup is just about set ahead of tonight's game one matchup with Montreal. Here's how they will look to start the game.

Michalek - Turris - Alfredsson

Latendresse - Zibanejad - Silfverberg

Greening - Smith - Neil

Conacher - Pageau - Condra

Methot - Karlsson

Phillips - Gonchar

Cowen - Gryba



11:40 am: The team was up, relaxed and getting loose before the skate today. Note the ping pong game taking place between Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson. Who won, you ask?

11:30 am: Welcome to Inside the Senate's game one game thread! I'll be your host as we go on the collective journey through the NHL Playoffs and it begins tonight in Montreal. I'll be updating you on what is going on with the team through the morning skate and the afternoon right on til we hit puck drop on yet another playoff campaign.

With that, I'd like to remind you all to keep your hands safely inside the vehicle. Flash photography, however, is encouraged. Blink and you'll miss things.

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