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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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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02