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Senators play tonight to avoid elimination

Thursday, 11.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators play tonight to avoid elimination
Senators goaltender Ray Emery believes that with the talent and desire of his team, a comeback from their 3-0 deficit is possible.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators need a victory tonight in Buffalo or else their 2005-06 season will come to an end. Down 3-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa's starting goaltender is still confident his team can rebound.

"I said last night that if there's any team that I've played for in the past that has a chance to win four straight, it's this team," Ray Emery said this afternoon. "We've got so much talent and desire to win in the room. Once things start going good, it's just a carry-over effect, and we're definitely capable of winning four in a row."

Looking back at Game 3 last night, Senators head coach Bryan Murray wants a simpler approach from his players when looking for offence in the Buffalo zone.

"We didn't give up many scoring chances but we didn't create any because when we attacked the zone, so often they did a good job getting back and shrinking down on us. We were trying to make plays that are difficult to make at any time of year, in particular the playoffs. Instead of just putting the puck at the net on more occasions with a little bit of traffic, we were looking for something better than that."

Captain Daniel Alfredsson feels more energy during the attack will lead to quality opportunities.

"I think the big thing for us is going to be our forechecking and being able to create more chances 5-on-5. We'll have to be a little more aggressive."

Like his players, Murray refuses to give up.

"There's pressure. But there's pressure on (Buffalo) now to close it out at home. We have to go and play a real good game. We have to play together and support each other and try to find some real positives in all of this. We're a very capable hockey club. We just have to do more than we've done in this series."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 55 15 30 8 45
E. Karlsson 59 14 31 2 45
K. Turris 59 15 26 -5 41
M. Stone 57 14 23 9 37
M. Hoffman 56 21 15 22 36
M. Zibanejad 57 15 17 1 32
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 54 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 57 8 14 -2 22
A. Chiasson 53 9 12 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02