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Senators play tonight to avoid elimination

Thursday, 11.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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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."

STANDINGS

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
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