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Mach 9 soaring high in the playoffs

Wednesday, 04.26.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Mach 9 soaring high in the playoffs
With four goals and six points, Martin Havlat leads all NHL playoff shooters in goals and trails teammate Jason Spezza by one in the points lead.

by Todd Anderson

Martin Havlat earned the nickname Mach 9 because of his blistering speed and sleek moves, which set him apart as one of the craftiest forwards in the NHL. When the Czech native returned to the Ottawa Senators lineup late in the 2005-06 regular season, after a 58-game stay on the injured list with a dislocated right shoulder, management knew that once he re-acquainted himself back into the lineup, he would boost the offensive production of the team. Seeing Havlat dominate the ice so quickly during the first three games of the Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, however, has come as a bit of a surprise.

"We thought he'd be good, but he's been very good," head coach Bryan Murray said after an optional skate in Tampa on Wednesday. "We know Marty's a high-end player. Offensively, he has an impact in any game he plays. He's certainly stepped up here."

Havlat has scored four goals and six points in three playoff games. He's first in the NHL in playoff goals and ranks second in scoring, one back of teammate Jason Spezza (1-7).

While adding Havlat to the lineup has given the Senators a direct jolt in production, the option of creating a more balanced attack throughout the lineup has also been made possible. Ottawa boasts at least one 20-goal scorer on each of their four lines.

"It's hard when you have Heatley (50 goals) on one line and (Daniel) Alfredsson (43 goals) on another line and Havlat coming into the mix as our third right-winger," Murray says. "Somebody's going to get a better matchup than they'd ordinarily get."

Other 20-goal scorers in the lineup include Patrick Eaves, Antoine Vermette, Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer.

Injury report

Chris Kelly was questionable for Game 3 with an upper body injury but played for the first two periods. The gritty forward left the game early after suffering a lower body injury and is now listed as day-to-day.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
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 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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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
 
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A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49