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Senators have never lost when leading a playoff series 3-1

Friday, 04.28.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators have never lost when leading a playoff series 3-1
Head coach Bryan Murray and the Ottawa Senators look to earn a berth in the second round of the playoffs tomorrow. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

While a trip to the sunny south might be welcomed for Canadian-based NHL teams during the frigid winter months of the regular season, the Ottawa Senators would prefer to stay clear of Florida for the rest of the 2006 playoffs. Leading their Eastern Conference quarter-final series 3-1 against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the Sens will look to close out the series tomorrow at Scotiabank Place.

"We certainly talked about not automatically having to come back to Tampa again," Sens coach Bryan Murray said of preparation heading into Game 4. "We know what we have to do. I believe (the players) are all on the same page as far as being winners."

While the Lightning practised at 2 p.m. at Scotiabank Place on Friday, Murray gave his team the day off as a reward for its 5-2 victory in Game 4 on Thursday.

Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson and Murray spoke with the media, however, on Friday.. The captain knows what his team has to do to eliminate the Bolts tomorrow.

"When we're skating well, we are hitting more people. It's when we're not moving that we're not getting to people, and it looks like we're more passive. We don't want to go down to Florida again, there's no question. We have to have the mindset that this Game 5 is the biggest game of the year for us. If we have that mindset, I think we'll come out strong in the first period and set the tone right away."

During its modern-day history, Ottawa has won all three series that they have led 3-1.

In 1998, Ottawa lost the fifth game of its first-round series against the New Jersey Devils, after taking a 3-1 lead, but rebounded in Game 6 with a 4-2 victory. It was the Senators' first playoff series win in modern-day history.

Four years later, the Sens opened the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers with a loss but rebounded with four straight victories.

In 2003, the Senators pulled off the same trick against the New York Islanders.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02