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Gerber showing fine form

Friday, 05.10.2007 / 4:29 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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Gerber showing fine form
Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur are on deck next.

But the Ottawa Senators will happily go to bat against two of the National Hockey League’s finest with a backup goaltender who keeps showing he’s on top of his game.

Nobody’s speaking in negative tones about Martin Gerber these days. Certainly not after the back-to-back standout efforts the Swiss goaltender delivered in a pair of season-opening victories over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He made the saves he should have, and more,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said Friday morning as he reflected on Gerber’s 41-save performance against the Leafs the night before. “He played really well, he handled the traffic in front of the net really well.

“It’s one of those things. He keeps us in the game and gives us a chance to win, and we make it happen.”

A year ago, the praise wasn’t nearly as glowing. Gerber was the Senators’ big free-agent addition in net, the man brought in to be the No. 1 guy. But he struggled out of the gate, allowing Ray Emery to seize the starter’s job and keep it all the way through to the Stanley Cup final.

However, with Emery still sidelined as his left wrist mends, the spotlight has shifted back to Gerber, who carried the bulk of the load through the pre-season. His strong form there has carried over into the regular season.

“It was good to get the games in during the pre-season,” said Gerber, who’s looked technically sound so far. “I think it helped a lot.”

Not that his strong play has been any surprise to the guys who play in front of him.

“I think he’s picked up where he ended off last year,” said veteran defenceman Chris Phillips. “His season (in 2006-07) really reflected ours. We didn’t give him much help early on. We picked up our game halfway through the season and so did he. He’s more than capable of doing the job and we have confidence in him.

“We’ve got two No. 1 goalies here. That’s a good problem to have.”

Now it’s up to the rest of the team to pick up its game. The Senators were outplayed by the Leafs during stretches of both games but were the better team when it counted in the third period each night. They know more consistency is needed against Lundqvist and the Rangers, who’ll also bring big-name free-agent acquisitions Chris Drury and Scott Gomez with them to Scotiabank Place on Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

“It’s early in the year and the most important thing is we’re getting wins. It doesn’t matter how,” said Alfredsson.  “But playing the Rangers, we have to improve to be able to win.

“We did play our best in the third (against the Leafs). That’s a good sign.”

Rink notes

The Senators sent forwards Josh Hennessy and Niko Dimitrakos to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton … 750 tickets remain for Saturday night’s game. There are 1,750 left for Monday afternoon’s visit by the New Jersey Devils.




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


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
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02