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Donovan a playoff force for Sens

Wednesday, 16.04.2008 / 3:00 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Donovan a playoff force for Sens
Shean Donovan doesn’t see it as a circumstance that demands a miracle. Or some sort of an impossible dream.

Rather, he ponders the 3-0 hole the Senators have dug themselves against the Pittsburgh Penguins and wonders why it can’t happen. Why his team can’t indeed become only the third in National Hockey League history to rebound from such a deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.

“We won four games lots of times this year,” Donovan said today as the Senators for Game 4 tonight at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200). “Lots of teams have won four games. So it’s not crazy to think you can win four games in the playoffs.”

Actually, Donovan wonders why it hasn’t happened more often. But, as anyone familiar with NHL lore knows, only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (in the final against Detroit) and 1975 New York Islanders (first round vs. Pittsburgh) have been able to turn the trick.

“If you win Game 4, you get momentum going into Game 5 and you never know what happens. You can go into their barn and win,” Donovan said in analyzing the Senators’ current situation.
“Especially in the Eastern Conference this year, when teams go on streaks, they seem to go on pretty big ones.

“I don’t understand why teams don’t win more being (down 3-0). It sounds crazy, but you have to win that fourth game. Momentum is such a big thing and streakiness has been a big thing this year, especially because of parity.”

Donovan has been one of the better things in this series for the Senators. A low-minute guy early in the season, the former 67’s star has become one of head coach/general manager Brian Murray’s most trusted foot soldiers against the Penguins.

“For a guy who didn’t get any ice time early on in the year at all.… If you’re talking pure effort, (Donovan) has certainly been one of them, without a doubt,” Murray said today when asked to name his top performers in this series (goaltender Martin Gerber also rated a mention).

Modest guy that he is, Donovan took that bit of praise in stride when it was later passed his way.

“Obviously, it’s nice to hear that,” he said. “I just try to go out there and work hard and if that happens, that’s good. I just try to do everything to help the team win.

“Lots of guys are working hard. We’re all trying to get our first win (of the series) here. Nicky (Foligno) played great in the last game. I got a chance to play with Chris Neil and Dean McAmmond the last couple of games.… We all play the same style, so you just go in there and bang. It’s been easy to play with them.”

Donovan’s contract expires at the end of the season but he hopes he’s still in a Senators uniform come the fall.

“I love Ottawa. It’s my home and my family’s home,” he said. “I love it here, I love the organization. But that (contract talk) is a long ways away and, hopefully, lots of games away.”

Bodycheck, the official playoff program of the Ottawa Senators, is now available on-line. Check it out right here.


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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