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Hasek returns in goal against Montreal

Wednesday, 25.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Hasek returns in goal against Montreal
"He's been a real good goaltender for us," Murray said of Hasek. "A couple of nights when we lost, it wasn't anything other than we didn't play well. A couple of times we didn't play well, and he won for us."

Coach Bryan Murray will start veteran Dominik Hasek in goal on Thursday when the Montreal Canadiens visit Scotiabank Place. It's Hasek's eighth straight start.

"He's been a real good goaltender for us," Murray said. "A couple of nights when we lost, it wasn't anything other than we didn't play well. A couple of times we didn't play well, and he won for us."

Rookie Ray Emery, who has backed up Hasek over the past eight games, is expected to get some action next week when the Senators work through a busy portion of the schedule.

"We play four games next week," Murray said. "I'm not saying we'll split them evenly. Definitely Ray (Emery) will play starting on either Monday or Wednesday."

The Senators host the Boston Bruins on Monday, and then play on the road against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Top line on a roll

Heading into tomorrow's game against Montreal, Dany Heatley (4-5) and Daniel Alfredsson (3-5) will be looking to increase five-game scoring streaks. Along with Jason Spezza, the Senators' top line has been among the best in the NHL this season.

"They are really playing well, there's no question," Murray said. "Points seem to come when those three play together."

Murray said he's enjoyed flipping on his television every morning to witness the talent across the NHL.

"What the league was trying to do coming back was have more offence. There have been very exciting goals," he said. "You can turn the television on in the morning and get highlights from every game and be amazed at some of the goals that are scored.

"The entertainment package has really been terrific. I think it shows in our attendance here, as much as anywhere, that people are excited. It's a tremendous selling point for the league."

Ottawa will be gunning for it's 15th straight sell-out tomorrow night at Scotiabank Place.

Hasek talks Olympics

Dominik Hasek was featured during a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming Winter Olympics and his involvement with Team Czech Republic. Hasek won gold for his country in 1998 but watched as Canada won gold in 2002. He was asked if he thought Canada was the favourites once again.

"If they're not the biggest, they're one of the biggest favourites. It's always easier to win the first one, though, because with the second one everyone expects you to repeat and everyone knows you're the last winner."

Also, an event like the Olympic hockey tournament doesn't offer much room for error. Teams must be ready to play a full 60 minutes each contest.

"If you have one bad game, you go home," Hasek said. "Maybe the goalie on the opposite end of the ice has a hot 60 minutes."

Hasek said he hasn't heard if he will be the starter for the Czech team, but he expects to share preliminary-round action with Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun.




1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43


E. Karlsson 60 15 32 3 47
B. Ryan 56 15 30 8 45
K. Turris 60 15 28 -4 43
M. Hoffman 57 23 16 23 39
M. Stone 58 15 24 11 39
M. Zibanejad 58 15 18 2 33
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 55 11 14 -1 25
D. Legwand 58 8 14 -3 22
A. Chiasson 54 9 12 -8 21
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02