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Success from the goal line out

Saturday, 03.15.2008 / 9:39 AM ET / Features
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Success from the goal line out
It goes without saying that when you shut out an opponent in a key game, it’s defensive play that is key to your success. That’s how general manager/head coach Bryan Murray assessed the team’s 3-0 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal on Thursday and how the squad should play going forward.

“You’re seeing a better game now, a better performance by the players without the puck. To me that’s where it starts. And certainly (Martin) Gerber playing the way he did,” said Murray (mp3 audio file, 37 seconds).

Murray will reward Gerber with his eighth-straight start on Sunday against his old team, the Carolina Hurricanes. The Senators and Hurricanes face off in a matinée affair in Raleigh, N.C. (3 p.m., A-Channel, Team 1200).

When asked about the importance of giving the players confidence, Murray noted that’s his role.

“Well that’s my job, too. It's to allow players to be good. It's to allow players to have importance." he said. "Martin was one of those guys that I just felt was sitting there, who was working hard. You have to send the message to the guy that if you play well, we’re going to recognize it.” (mp3 audio file, 1:18).

The Senators will return to Ottawa on Sunday following their visit to Raleigh to play two home games next week. The St. Louis Blues visit Scotiabank Place on Thursday, followed by the seventh meeting of the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
 

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STANDINGS

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