Discipline the key in rematch with Leafs
|Senators forward Mike Fisher lays a check on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker on Oct. 5. Fisher says discipline is key for the Senators to win against Toronto. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC|
by Todd Anderson
With the growing intensity between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Senators know it's important to keep their cool when the teams meet for the fourth time in just over three weeks Thursday night at Scotiabank Place.
"You can't worry about the last game too much," says Brian McGrattan. "You can't take your focus off the game (at hand). You just have to go out and worry about winning."
Added forward Mike Fisher: "I think it's going to be an emotional game. It's going to be fun and it's going to be competitive. The main thing is to stay disciplined as a team."
Senators head coach Bryan Murray says gaining two points with a victory is what matters most.
"I suspect (Toronto) wants to get two points and I know we want two points. If we play the way the Ottawa Senators can play - with speed, puck pressure and taking the puck to the opposition as much as we can - we'll win games. We always want to play the speed game and get the puck in deep and attack."
Murray will continue his rotation of goaltenders tomorrow as Ray Emery steps back into the net. Martin Gerber played on Tuesday against Toronto and turned in a 37-save performance in the 6-2 victory.
"If the team continues to play well, and the guys (Emery and Gerber) continue to play well, this isn't a hard thing to continue," Murray says. "For the next little while we play more games, so they'll each play more games."
Looking ahead to his start, Emery says he enjoys playing in high-spirited games like the ones against rival Toronto.
"It's always an exciting matchup against them. We're starting to improve here the last couple of games and we have some confidence coming into our building."
Emery currently leads the NHL with a 1.48 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. The sophomore goaltender is happy with the way he is performing, but he isn't going to take too much praise for those numbers just yet.
"It's a little early to pat yourself on the back. I have only played in three games."
The Senators lead the season series against Toronto 2-1-0 and have outscored the Maple Leafs 10-9. Forward Chris Neil is excited to get back into another important game against their division opponents.
"It's another big game. We're taking steps in the right direction; we just have to keep building on that."