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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."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
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
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

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