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Senators meet up with old coach tonight

Thursday, 17.11.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators meet up with old coach tonight
Delayed by just more than a month, Florida Panthers head coach Jacques Martin will finally get to coach against his former team, the Ottawa Senators, at the Corel Centre tonight (7:30 p.m.).

Delayed by just more than a month, Florida Panthers head coach Jacques Martin will finally get to coach against his former team, the Ottawa Senators, at the Corel Centre tonight (7:30 p.m.).


The Panthers were scheduled to host the Senators on Oct. 22 but that match was postponed due to Hurricane Wilma.


Martin, the NHL's coach of the year in 1999, spent nine seasons coaching the Senators. After the 2003-04 season, he was replaced with current coach Bryan Murray.


For many of the Senators players, including Chris Phillips, the two men have been their only coaches during their NHL careers.


"(The game) is going to be interesting for myself," Phillips said. "There's definitely a lot of media hype around it. You look at Jacques' tremendous record. We accomplished a lot, but we would've liked more in the playoffs. He always had good things to say and gave us a lot of respect."


The Panthers roll into Ottawa as losers of their last nine games. Sitting third in the Southeast Division, the team suffered heartbreak on Tuesday, losing to the surging Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime.


Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson expects the Panthers to be extra motivated tonight after their recent hardships.


"The important thing for us is to not turn the puck over. If we don't do that, we have a good chance to win. We know (Martin's) coaching style, and he knows how we play. His teams always work hard. He's always very well organized and everything was well planned. There's a lot of hard work from the players and himself."


Coming off their third loss of the season, a game in which the power play struggled with a 0-8 performance, the Senators are looking to regain their stride as well.


"We've got to pick up our socks," said veteran Mike Fisher. "We want to play well, and I'm sure they're going to have the extra motivation to beat us."


Murray said it's important for his team to not take the Panthers lightly.


"There's a bit of pressure on them because of their losing streak. Players will be emotional and you'll probably see Jacques on the bench yelling a bit," said Murray with a wink.


During the pre-game skate on Thursday, Murray had the players working on the power play for a stretch. The coach was asked afterwards if the power play problems have been fixed.


"We talked about it today and now we hope to get some response. We had a highlight, or lowlight, package for (the players). We started to talk about them doing particular things. We hope to have a play or two they can revert to."


While the Senators held their pre-game skate at the Corel Centre, the Panthers took to the ice at the University of Ottawa.


Dominik Hasek will start in goal tonight against the Panthers.




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


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
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06