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Greening: We're Focused On Finishing The Job

Tuesday, 07.06.2011 / 11:24 AM
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Greening: We\'re Focused On Finishing The Job

(Forward Colin Greening, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, who saw 24 games worth of duty with the Ottawa Senators this season, is back in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators for the Calder Cup playoffs. He'll provide some insights in a series of blog posts for

It’s amazing feeling thinking that we have a chance to win the Calder Cup tonight, but you don’t want to get too ahead of yourself. If we do that, it’ll probably be a downfall for us. Right now, we have to keep things in perspective and realize we still have to get one more win and we’ll deal with whatever happens after that.

For us, the key tonight is being consistent. The last two games, we’ve been really consistent throughout. And we have to stick to our game, which has been one of our strengths in the playoffs. We just need to keep that same mentality and realize, if we do have a bad shift or maybe just a lull in our game, to come back with another good shift. But consistency is the biggest key.

We expect the Aeros’ best game tonight. Think about it. This is an elimination game for them and they’ve been in this situation before. Their last two series went to Game 7, so they have experience in this situation and they know how to battle back. We know they’re definitely going to bring out their best game, their ‘A’ game, especially in front of their home crowd.

I hope we can bring some of the momentum we generated in Binghamton. We fed off the crowd back in Binghamton and obviously, we’re not going to have that going for us tonight. But I think everyone should feed off the experience we had in the last two games. Speaking with guys this morning, I think that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Our start is going to be extremely important tonight. I think they’re going to throw everything they have at us in the first period. Not to say they’re not going to give a very good, consistent effort, but for them, I think they realize if they’re going to take control of this game, it has to be in the first period, so we’re going to have to be ready for that.

We talked this morning about what happened to our assistant coach, Steve Stirling, who isn’t with us here in Houston. We don’t want to change anything and let any distractions get in the way. He sent a message to us saying that he didn’t want to be a distraction. At the end of the day, it’s part of life and there are some things that are greater than hockey.

If you look at the character Stirls has, he’s just been with us all year and he’s been especially great to the younger guys, helping us develop. I think in the back of everyone’s mind, we all want to get this done for Stirls and bring the Cup back to him on Wednesday.




1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48


E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44