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Senators play tonight to avoid elimination

Thursday, 05.11.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 52 29 19 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 148 165 56
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10