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Senators won't take home-ice advantage for granted

Tuesday, 02.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators won\'t take home-ice advantage for granted
With the elimination of first-place Detroit last night, Martin Havlat and the Senators hope to capitalize on their extended home-ice advantage, which will now run through to the Stanley Cup final. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

On Monday night, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Western Conference eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers. That means the Ottawa Senators, who as Eastern Conference champions during the regular season earned home-ice advantage through the first three rounds of the playoffs, will also have the advantage if they reach the Stanley Cup final.

Head coach Bryan Murray says upsets prove you never know what to expect once the playoffs arrive.

"It's unbelievable how it happens. You work all year and get in a position, then in one game you lose it. Every round is challenging, but the first round is very scary."

Asked about the advantage of playing at Scotiabank Place, goaltender Ray Emery says he enjoys the support but the main priority for the players should be hard work, not entertaining fans with highlight-reel plays.

"It's great to be playing at home now more often than not, but we can't take it for granted. In the playoffs, it's less about skill and more on dedication and hard work towards the team game."

Forward Dany Heatley, who is coming off his first career playoff series, learned quickly how a solid work ethic is required every night during the playoffs.

"The first round, the second round, any round, it's going to be tough. Every game is so important. You have to adjust to what the other team is doing, and you have to focus on yourselves. You have to be prepared for anything."


 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06