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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 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
5 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93