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Senators won't take home-ice advantage for granted

Tuesday, 05.2.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44