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Senators feel relief after impressive victory

Thursday, 11.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators feel relief after impressive victory
Senators defenceman Chris Phillips skips during today's off-ice workout as Christoph Schubert, left, andWade Redden look on.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators are feeling relief after ending their losing streak with an impressive 4-2 victory over the NHL-leading Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

"You can tell today in the workout, it's only one game we're aware of that, but it's a big relief," forward Antoine Vermette said after the club's off-ice workout at their hotel in New York, where they're preparing for Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

"Especially with the way we won. We came back in the third, which is what we have to do. So many times we've seen the opposite go against us, so it was great to see that against a team like (Buffalo) who is having a lot of success this year. It's one game we're hoping will be a turning point to this season."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke about the emotion on the bench during the late stages of the game against the Sabres.

"In the third period when we tied it up, our bench, I guess I haven't felt it that alive in a long time," Murray said. "When Spezz (Sens centre Jason Spezza) took the penalty there was a little groan and then when we won the game everybody was relieved, obviously. I think more importantly (the players) saw the reward of a pretty hard-working effort on their part.

"The comment we made in the room is it was an opportunity in the third period. It was something where we can prove the doubters wrong, that we could go out and be down by a goal to one of the best, if not the best, teams in the league and come back and win. It would really be something to build on. We went out and we were able to do it."

A day after the win, Murray noticed a more positive atmosphere around the team.

"They were smiling a little bit in the workout room (this morning)," Murray said. "(The win) takes a little burden away for a day at least. You have to carry on with it and win more games going forward."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49