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Senators visit sharp-shooting Kozlov and Islanders tonight

Tuesday, 12.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators visit sharp-shooting Kozlov and Islanders tonight
Senators head coach Bryan Murray celebrates his 64th birthday today.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects a gritty effort from what he calls a veteran New York Islanders team tonight. He's also aware of the hot streak that Viktor Kozlov is on since taking over the centre position on the Islanders' top line from injured captain Alexei Yashin.

"I watched the game against the Rangers (on Sunday)," Murray said. "Viktor Kozlov (who scored four goals in the 7-4 win) is dynamite. I had Viktor in Florida (when Murray was head coach and GM there). He's a good guy and a good player, and he shoots the puck a ton.

"(The Islanders) are a hard-working group. They've got some good experience. They seem to play pretty well together. I think it's a good veteran hockey team that is finding a way to play awfully well right now."

Murray hopes to celebrate his 64th birthday today with the 580th win of his career - the most among all active coaches in the NHL. It would also be Ottawa's fourth win in a row, tying the longest winning streak for the club this season. Murray was asked what has been the biggest reason for Ottawa's improved play after a slow start this season.

"I think just getting to know each other, getting to know their roles better, obviously getting some good goaltending from Ray Emery," answered Murray. "I think all that combined has given (the players) a little bit of confidence, and certainly a much better effort."

Milestones
Senators forward Dany Heatley will play his 300th NHL game tonight, which includes 110 with Ottawa. Heatley's centre, Jason Spezza, is just two points shy of 200 for his career.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44