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Sens feed off momentum from Game 3 win

Sunday, 06.3.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / Features
By Todd Anderson
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Sens feed off momentum from Game 3 win
Sens centre Mike Fisher greets fans as he walks from the Senators dressing room to the ice before Game 3. Fisher says his team received a boost from its passionate fans on Saturday. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators are back. After dropping the first two games of the Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks, the Sens responded with an energetic effort in Game 3 last night on home ice and won 5-3. Tomorrow, they look to tie the series at 2-2 in Game 4 at Scotiabank Place.

"We're obviously excited," Senators centre Mike Fisher says. "We knew we'd get a boost being back home in front of our fans. Before the game we could hear them going nuts.

"We were confident. We knew we could put out a good effort and beat this team. Another win and we're right back in it. We're on our way. We know how we can beat this team now. That kind of gives us a little boost, obviously."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was proud to see how his team responded to the adversity in Game 3. Ottawa fought back from three one-goal deficits in the win.

"Every line played real well (last night)," Alfredsson says. "I think as a team we needed to have a good effort and we got some big shifts from Fisher's line, Kelly's line, with Neil and those guys. It was nice to see."

Fisher says a key ingredient to the success his team experienced in Game 3 was the momentum it gained by cycling the puck deep in the Anaheim zone.

"We're a puck-possession team. It seemed like the first couple of games we were chasing too much. (Last night) we played a little more with the puck and made smarter plays in the corner where we could get it. I thought we cycled and battled and got pucks to the net and played with a lot more edge and, obviously, we were more competitive."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray wants to see the same effort tomorrow.

"Monday night we have to play another hockey game here and try to get this thing in a position where when we go back to Anaheim, and we can compete real seriously for a series lead. But we have to worry only about one game. I thought our guys would come out and play and climb the hill (last night). It's one step."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44