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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 62 15 34 1 49
B. Ryan 58 17 31 9 48
K. Turris 62 16 29 -3 45
M. Hoffman 59 23 17 24 40
M. Stone 60 15 25 12 40
M. Zibanejad 60 16 19 3 35
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 57 11 15 -1 26
D. Legwand 60 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 56 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02