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Senators look to rebound in Game 2 tonight

Monday, 05.8.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators look to rebound in Game 2 tonight
Sens defenceman Brian Pothier shoots on goal during the pre-game skate this morning. Pothier returns to action tonight after missing Game 1 with an upper body injury. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray had a simple message for his team after a sloppy 7-6 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final.

"Just play the way we're capable of playing," Murray responded when asked what he shared with his players following the series opener. "It's a team game. You have to trust each other."

While the coach said he expects a better effort from his club tonight, he also credited the Sabres for their role in causing some of Friday night's mistakes, especially in one particular area of the game.

"One thing we know is if you give them a 2-on-1, they're really, really good. If they're not the best, they're one of the best. We have to respect what they have and adjust accordingly."

More focus right off the start is one priority.

"(Goaltender Ray Emery) has to get a stop early into the game to feel good about himself," Murray said. "We can't have another tap-in goal 10 seconds or whatever into the game."

Murray was not putting all the blame on his rookie goaltender. He wants to see improved play from the entire lineup. Defenceman Chris Phillips agrees everyone has to pick up their play.

"We hung (Emery) out to dry a couple of times. We were so close to the win. It's still burning a little bit. We have to be able to take that energy to the ice. We're a pressure team. We have to go out and do the things that made us successful all year."

For Emery, he's moved on from Game 1.

"We've had a chance to clear the air on what happened. We're looking to start fresh here."

Roster notes

Brian Pothier (upper body injury) will return and replace Christoph Schubert on the blue-line tonight. Forward Chris Kelly will wear a visor after receiving a cut to his face from a puck in Game 1.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
5 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 52 11 44 2 55
B. Ryan 51 18 26 -2 44
M. Hoffman 48 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 50 13 23 -14 36
M. Zibanejad 51 10 21 -4 31
K. Turris 46 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 52 12 7 2 19
C. Ceci 45 5 10 -3 15
Z. Smith 51 9 4 5 13
C. Lazar 47 3 9 -3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 20 17 4 .912 2.95
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10