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Meszaros and Alfredsson in the spotlight

Friday, 11.4.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Meszaros and Alfredsson in the spotlight
Rookie Andrej Meszaros has found a regular spot for himself among the Senators' six defencemen.

MESZAROS WORKING HARD TO STAY WITH SENATORS

 

Andrej Meszaros knows he has to continue working hard to keep his spot with the Ottawa Senators. Still, the talented rookie defenceman, who just turned 20 on Oct. 13, has been a pleasant surprise early this season. His confidence keeps growing, too.

 

"Everything has been great so far," said the Slovakian.

 

"I'm trying to do my best every game and help the team. I have to show the coaches I want to stay here."

 

While most of his teammates left the building after a recent practice, Meszaros stayed behind and worked out in the gym with strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. It's that type of work ethic that will benefit the young star. A participant in every Senators game so far (including rookie, pre-season and regular season), Meszaros said he has learned a lot from two key people -- defensive partner Wade Redden and countrymen Zdeno Chara.

 

"Things are easier for me because of them. Z is a huge help. He's a real leader on this team. Reds is a great defenceman, and I am learning a lot from him."

 

A graduate of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, Meszaros can't help but smile when talking about how things have developed.

 

"It's unbelievable. I'm glad the coaches have given me the opportunity to play. I've played in every game so far. I'm young, so I don't get too tired."

 

WINNING NOW IS KEY SAYS CAPTAIN ALFIE

 

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson feels it's important for his team to keep winning early into the season. A good start is essential when looking forward to a busy couple of months ahead.

 

"We're going to face a lot of challenges down the road," Alfredsson said.

 

"Our schedule has been easy so far but December is going to be tough and there may be a lot of guys from this team who will be in the Olympics. We want to make the most of our schedule right now."

 

The 10-year veteran has learned a lot about what winning means to a player's attitude.

 

"As long as you're winning, life is a lot easier. As professionals, our job is to win games. If you do that, practice is a lot more fun. You have to work hard for it, though, and be prepared everyday. This team has had a great attitude since the first day of camp."

 

Changes in rules haven't hurt the Senators cause, either. With offensive numbers greatly increased, Alfredsson said a different mindset among players has evolved.

 

"Two years ago if you got four goals against in a game you would think you would have lost. Now you win by six. Now if you only get one or two points in a certain game, you wonder what went wrong. I think this year's leading scorer will have around 140 to 150 points. That's a big difference from a couple of years ago."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02