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

Friday, 28.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 60 15 32 3 47
B. Ryan 56 15 30 8 45
K. Turris 60 15 28 -4 43
M. Hoffman 57 23 16 23 39
M. Stone 58 15 24 11 39
M. Zibanejad 58 15 18 2 33
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 55 11 14 -1 25
D. Legwand 58 8 14 -3 22
A. Chiasson 54 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