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Challenge continues for Senators tonight

Saturday, 13.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Challenge continues for Senators tonight
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says his team will get a boost from the home crowd during Game 5 tonight.

by Todd Anderson

This evening's game brings a new challenge for the Ottawa Senators. The players will count on the home crowd to assist them in winning their second-straight game and cut their Eastern Conference semifinal deficit to 3-2 against the Buffalo Sabres.

"(The fans) will be a big part of this," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We can't do it without them."

While the club intends to build on the momentum gained after a 2-1 win in Game 4 on Thursday, they know another solid effort will be needed tonight.

"We know last night doesn't matter tomorrow," Alfredsson said after a team meeting on Friday. "We have to come out with our best effort, get pucks in deep and make (Buffalo) work hard."

No result other than a victory will do.

"We live to fight another day and we're coming home with the momentum," Mike Fisher said.

Coach Bryan Murray is expecting his players will have the same focus as they had heading into the last game.

"The way we approached the game was real positive. We set the tone early with good contact and scoring chances. Everyone made a commitment to not be the reason we didn't win. We have to have the same approach (tonight)."

In Game 4, Brian Pothier potted his first NHL playoff goal as Ottawa opened the scoring for the first time in the series. Thursday's win was only the first step in his team's journey to bouncing back in the series.

"It's about short-term goals," Pothier said. "I thought we had a great first period and third period. We kept things simple. In the second period we tried to be a bit too creative again."

Sniper Dany Heatley agrees with Pothier's comments.

"We just have to get into their end and play against their defence. The key for us is being real simple."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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