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Success from the goal line out

Saturday, 15.03.2008 / 9:39 AM / 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 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