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Murray wants team to play hard, honest hockey

Wednesday, 10.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Murray wants team to play hard, honest hockey
Dominik Hasek had reason to smile as the Senators left Ottawa International Airport for Buffalo yesterday. Hasek said he's close to being able to return to the lineup Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators will attempt to cut into the Sabres' 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight in Buffalo. After going winless at Scotiabank Place to start the series, coach Bryan Murray projects a solid effort in Game 3.

"We're going to play like the Ottawa Senators are capable of playing," Murray said. "If we do, we'll be fine. Getting the first goal seems to be a trigger point. We just have to play honest early. If we can do that -- play real hard and play real honest early -- then we'll figure out over the course of the game how we're going to end up winning."

Murray feels his team can find a way to solve Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller, who recorded 43 saves in a 2-1 win in Game 2.

"We played hard and we had lots of chances (in Game 2). They got a good goaltending performance. Now we just have to do something about that and find a way to put some pucks past this kid. I believe we will."

Injury report

For Buffalo, www.sabres.com is reporting that Tim Connolly will not play in Game 3. He left 58 seconds into Game 2 after receiving a booming open-ice check from Senators winger Peter Schaefer.

Hasek back on the ice

Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek, who has been out of the lineup since February with an adductor muscle strain, also participated in the full pre-game skate on Wednesday. The veteran goaltender said he's feeling much better after practising for a second straight day.

"I feel like a goalie again," Hasek said. "I am the closest I have been. I can do everything. I can go up and down. I can jump and I can move around."

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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