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Murray wants team to play hard, honest hockey

Wednesday, 05.10.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
2 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
3 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
4 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
5 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 56 11 51 7 62
B. Ryan 55 19 26 -3 45
M. Hoffman 52 24 19 4 43
M. Stone 54 17 25 -13 42
M. Zibanejad 55 11 22 -3 33
K. Turris 50 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 56 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 55 12 5 4 17
C. Ceci 49 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 51 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10