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Sens commend the champs

Thursday, 07.06.2007 / 12:00 AM / Features
By Todd Anderson
Senators Chris Neil, No. 25, Joe Corvo, No. 7, and Daniel Alfredsson, No. 11, shake hands with Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer, No. 27, Corey Perry, No. 10, and Chris Pronger, No. 25, following Game 5. Photo: B. Bennett/Getty Images/NHLI

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators have a lot of respect for this year's Stanley Cup champions.

Just minutes after watching the Anaheim Ducks celebrate with the Stanley Cup - Anaheim clinched this year's championship with a 6-2 win over Ottawa in Game 5 last night - the Sens gave kudos to their opponents.

"Anaheim is a hell of a team," Sens head coach Bryan Murray says. "They played extremely well throughout. They're well coached.

"I think, positionally, they played better than we did. Defence in particular. That's their agenda, really, to be a real strong defensive team. Anaheim is big and strong and real solid defensively, and that made it difficult to play maybe to the level that we had earlier on."

This was Murray's first trip to the Stanley Cup final as a head coach. He's disappointed the team wasn't able to make the best of the opportunity.

"I've waited a long time to get a chance to be a coach in the finals and I'm disappointed in all of us that we didn't get it done," he says. As far as the team is concerned, as far as the way we played it, I thought I saw a lot of character on our team. We have a lot of good people. We got here because of that as much as anything.

"I don't know if in every case we were the most talented group, but we played hard and very disciplined throughout the eastern playoffs."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says it was difficult to establish the same forecheck - that led to victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres in the first three rounds - against Anaheim.

"I think we felt we were going really good into this. We couldn't get our forecheck going for whatever reason," Alfredsson says. They played real well defensively. They sit back with three, four guys, sometimes, and it's the defence that wins them the series."

Sens forward Mike Fisher agrees the loss hurts, but he says his team should be proud of their season.

"It's disappointing, obviously. No one likes to lose, but at the same time, we did get a lot accomplished this year," he says. Overall, we did a good job at the playoffs. We all battled really hard.

"It's hard to win anything. That's why it's so special. It's not fun going away without it. But we're going to hold our heads high."

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
SENS ARMY FAN POLL