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."