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Focus on hard work expected against Rangers

Monday, 04.17.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Focus on hard work expected against Rangers
While admitting he's frustrated with the slow progress during rehab of his adductor muscle injury, goaltender Dominik Hasek told the media on Monday he hopes to be back in time for the playoffs. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators have plenty to accomplish tomorrow when they face the New York Rangers for their final game of the 2005-06 regular season campaign. A tie for the franchise record of 113 points in a season is possible with a victory. With the playoffs beginning later this week, however, the focus will be on much more important issues.

"I want them to work hard and handle the puck better than they have," coach Bryan Murray said of his expectations tomorrow night. "There has to be a real focus on our part. The players have to have the feeling when they leave that building that they played well."

Goaltender Dominik Hasek (adductor muscle strain) and Chris Phillips (knee sprain) will not be available for the Senators tomorrow. After practice today, both players said they hope to return when the playoffs begin later this week.

"I always dream the next day I will wake up and feel better," Hasek said. "(Right now) I'm not able to do what I want. I have to feel better than today."

Said Phillips when asked if he could be back for Game 1 of the playoffs, "That's what I'm shooting for. I'm not 100 per cent yet but I pushed it hard today and we'll see how it reacts tomorrow."

Rookie goaltender Ray Emery, who has earned the confidence from his teammates, is expected to fill in admirably again in the playoffs if Hasek cannot play.

"We've been happy with the way Ray has been playing," centre Jason Spezza said. "We can win with him in the net."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49