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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 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10