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Heatley and the Sens still positive

Tuesday, 05.06.2007 / 12:00 AM / Features
By Todd Anderson
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Heatley and the Sens still positive
Senators forward Dany Heatley celebrates after scoring his seventh goal of the playoffs in Game 4. Photo: J. Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Trailing the Stanley Cup final 3-1 against the Anaheim Ducks, the Ottawa Senators are still confident that they have what it takes to become champions.

"You have to be positive," Sens forward Dany Heatley says. "Nothing comes easily. This is not a situation we wanted to be in but we have no choice. We have to run the table now, obviously, and we're going into (Anaheim) to steal one, and come back here in a couple of days."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray split up his No. 1 line of Heatley, Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson in Game 4. Heatley ended a three-game goal-less streak with his seventh of the playoffs, and Alfredsson potted his team-high 12th.

"It's really at this point, irrelevant," Heatley says when asked if he gained confidence after scoring for just the second time in the last 10 games. "We lost a game. Whether you're scoring or whether you're not, I think it's all about winning and losing. That's all I'm concerned about.

"We got a goal out of the two different lines. We have to keep getting better. Two goals are not enough when they score three."

Heatley was appreciative of the efforts from his linemates to set up his tally.

"Spezza made a good play," he says. "He stopped up and chipped (the puck) deep. I saw that we kind of had a little two-on-one at the net and Patty (Patrick Eaves) made a great step and a great pass."

Alfredsson points out that his goal came off a similar play. The importance of dumping the puck in effectively was highlighted on both plays.

"We dumped it in. Both (Mike) Fisher and I got on the wall," Alfredsson says. "I think Fisher got it down to (Peter) Schaefer on the net. I was able to find an open slot and beat the buzzer. We got something really going. We had a great first period but we didn't follow that up really good in the second."

With their backs to the wall, the Sens won't look too far ahead.

"We can't look at the past. We can't look at the history. We can't look at the odds," Heatley says.

"It's all about one game at a time from now on. Just stealing one on the road and getting it back in our building and going from there."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02