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Hard work will pay off for big line

Monday, 10.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Hard work will pay off for big line
From left, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley are working hard to rediscover the magic they experienced last season. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators' top three offensive threats know it's just a matter of time before they start putting the puck in opposing nets again.

Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley have combined for nine points in five games so far this season, but the trio is working hard to bust out and start providing much more. Based on last season's stats -- Heatley and Alfredsson had 103 points and Spezza had 90 -- they know they can be successful.

"For us to win consistently, (the line) has to be a big part of it," Alfredsson says. "We just have to keep working hard. We have to be better than we were the last game (a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday)."

Spezza feels one or two goals could change the fortunes for himself, as well as his wingers.

"If we can start scoring and get some bounces, then we can play with a lead and force a team to take chances. We want to get things going here."

Head coach Bryan Murray is confident his star players will find their touch soon.

"We're going to get these guys going. They're all intelligent players," Murray says. "I guarantee you, once they score one or two goals, things are going to start happening for them.

"Skilled people have to be allowed to use their skill to make plays. What we're asking them though is to just not turn over the puck at the offensive blueline as often and to come back and help in their own end."

Heatley is looking forward to what he and his teammates can accomplish in practice this week before playing their next game on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"We have more time to think and to be ready for Thursday. We want to score. We want to help this team. We got two points last game (for the win), so we're happy. But (the line) didn't contribute offensively. All you can do is work hard to get out of it."

Corvo returns to practice
Defenceman Joe Corvo returned to practice with his teammates on Saturday. Recovering from a fractured right foot, Corvo hopes to return to game action this Thursday against the Avalanche or Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. He wants to be 100 per cent healthy before he returns, however.

"It's going alright," said Corvo about his recovery after today's practice. "Today I had a little difficulty pushing off (with his injured foot), but it's coming along."

SCHEDULE

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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