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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48