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Senators excited as playoffs finally arrive

Friday, 21.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators excited as playoffs finally arrive
Ray Emery keeps his eye on the puck all the way into his glove during the pre-game skate this morning at Scotiabank Place. Emery and the Senators begin the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators begin their first-round playoff series with the defending Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning tonight - it's the beginning of what the Senators have been playing for all season.

"All year our focus has been towards the Cup," said Sens centre Jason Spezza. "When (Tampa Bay) won it a couple of years ago, everyone was jealous of them. We want to make teams jealous of us."

Captain Daniel Alfredsson has addressed questions all season about his team's chances for winning this season.

"The pressure is on us, no question," he said. "We have to play our best hockey of the year."

Defenceman Chris Phillips returns from the injured list tonight to join defensive partner Zdeno Chara. Like they have all season, the duo will be asked to stop the opposition's top threats - in this case Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis.

"They have a lot of dangerous guys that you have to be aware of when they're on the ice," Phillips said. "They're a real quick team, they like the long plays and they play a quick transition game." 

Making his playoff debut tonight, goaltender Ray Emery expects to see all of his teammates contribute when the puck drops.

"It's not on one player's shoulders. We've got a great team here. It's going to be a team effort."

Coach Bryan Murray wants this to be a memorable experience for his players.

"I told them to be nervous, to be excited, and to have fun and enjoy it. I'm really happy about what has happened here, we just hope to continue it. We'll do everything to make it that way."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06