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Gerber will carry the load for next three games after Emery suspension

Monday, 02.12.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Gerber will carry the load for next three games after Emery suspension
Martin Gerber says he feels his game has improved over the past two months. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators received news this morning from the NHL office that goaltender Ray Emery has been handed a three-game suspension for his high-sticking infraction against Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre during a 5-3 victory on Saturday.

"I spoke with (NHL senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations) Colin Campbell this morning and told him I realized I made a mistake and that it was not my intention to hurt anyone and I was glad that I didn't," Emery said after practice today.

"I made a mistake and now I'm paying for it. I still get to practice and I'm sure (Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee) will have me work out so I stay in shape. I just want to be ready for when I have a chance to play again."

Martin Gerber will start for Ottawa over the next three games - including matches against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday and Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 20. -

"I'm not focusing on the three games, just the next one is the most important," Gerber said. "Preparation is the same. You can't switch your rhythm or habits just because something like (Emery's suspension) happens."

Gerber has won his last three games, including a pair of victories over the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 23 and Jan. 7, and a win over the Washington Capitals on Jan. 30. His teammates are confident he can keep his streak going.

"(Gerber) has been working hard," centre Jason Spezza said. "We've been riding Ray and he's been great. Now Gerbs steps in, and we feel confident with him."

He's a competitive guy, a battler," added Senators head coach Bryan Murray. "He'll play real well for us."

Murray says Emery can take advantage of the suspension.

"In one respect, it's a bit of a break for him mentally. He can kind of step back and come to practice and know he's not going to dress for a game and maybe be a little less intense. In another way, it's hard. When you're a pro, you want to keep playing."

Senators split up into two teams at practice
Murray and his coaching staff split the Senators into two teams -- Team Black and Team White -- today at practice to create a bit more of a competitive atmosphere.

"We tried to get them to have a little bit of fun but to be involved a little bit emotionally, as well," Murray said. "They were competitive. They were battling and trying to beat the other guy, and I liked that part of it."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
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M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
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C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02