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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
4 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 56 11 51 7 62
B. Ryan 55 19 26 -3 45
M. Hoffman 52 24 19 4 43
M. Stone 54 17 25 -13 42
M. Zibanejad 55 11 22 -3 33
K. Turris 50 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 56 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 55 12 5 4 17
C. Ceci 49 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 51 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10