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Wreaking havoc for goaltenders is all part of Eaves' job

Friday, 05.12.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wreaking havoc for goaltenders is all part of Eaves\' job
Rookie Senators forward Patrick Eaves celebrates after his screen led to Wade Redden's game-winning goal in Game 4. Photo: Bill Wippert

by Todd Anderson

Somewhat lost in rookie goaltender Ray Emery's outstanding performance during the Senators' 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal on Thursday was the contribution from another rookie, forward Patrick Eaves.

While Emery was recognized as the game's first star after turning in an impressive 29-save performance, Eaves also played a crucial part in the victory for Ottawa.

During an early third-period power play, Eaves parked himself in front of Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and set up a screen that allowed defenceman Wade Redden to fire in a point shot for the eventual game-winning goal. All season long Eaves has dutifully accepted coach Bryan Murray's direction to making life difficult for opposing goaltenders.

"That's my job when I'm out there," the 22-year-old said on Friday after a team meeting. "I try to take the vision away from the goalie. It's really gratifying to look back and see the puck in the net and the goalie looking around because he didn't see the shot."

Creating traffic and pouncing on rebounds in front of Miller can be attributed to most of the Senators' scoring in the series. Of the 10 goals scored by Ottawa in the four games so far, five have come off a rebound and three have been the result of a screen. The other two have come from a breakaway and a cross-crease one-timer.

"Right now it doesn't matter how you get them," Eaves said. "I like where we're at mentally. I think we'll come out with another good effort (on Saturday)."

As for Emery, his teammates feel he has performed well in goal throughout the series but his play in Game 4 stood out.

"He's been solid for us all along," team captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "He was phenomenal (in Game 4)."

Added head coach Bryan Murray, "Ray was really good for us when we needed him to be."

Emery made seven saves after Redden's goal, including an acrobatic glove-hand stop on a dangerous shot from Maxim Afinogenov with three minutes remaining.

 

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 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 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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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