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Senators feel relief after impressive victory

Thursday, 16.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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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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