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No holding back for Senators tonight

Thursday, 27.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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No holding back for Senators tonight
A lower body injury has left Chris Kelly a game-time decision for tonight. If Kelly can't play, Tyler Arnason is expected to take his place.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators are set on taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series tonight when they face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.

"Our preparation for (Game 3) and a few adjustments we made were all carried out because people were paying attention," says Senators head coach Bryan Murray. "I think the guys are aware now of what is needed to win a playoff game."

After opening the post-season with a 4-1 victory over the Bolts at Scotiabank Place on April 21, the Senators allowed Tampa Bay to tie the series two days later, losing 4-3 in Game 2. Now after an 8-4 victory in Game 3, Ottawa is intent on making sure the Lightning, in fact, do not strike twice.

"We know Tampa is going to be re-focused," Murray said after today's pre-game skate. "It's a new game. Both teams have had losses and responded. I expect they will come out and play well tonight. It's a fresh start. We'll have nice clean uniforms and we have to go out and try and get them dirty again by playing hard."

While Jason Spezza currently leads the NHL with seven points -- one more than teammate Martin Havlat, who is tops in the goal department with four -- Murray expects continued support throughout the lineup.

"I think when you get into the playoffs you have to have balance in your lineup to score goals. Hard-working players become very, very important at this time of year. We can point our fingers at our top players and say ‘you need to do more,' but you can't do that if you don't have the people to help do it. Everybody has to be a part of it."

Game 4 roster notes

Chris Kelly (lower body injury) will be a game-time decision. Tyler Arnason will fill in if Kelly can't play. Brian Pothier will replace Christoph Schubert on the blue-line. Mike Fisher returned in Game 3 sporting a visor after being struck earlier by an errant puck. He'll play tonight wearing full face protection.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
2 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
3 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16