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Murray likes new direction of team

Thursday, 03.1.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Murray likes new direction of team
With the playoffs just over a month away, Senators head coach Bryan Murray likes the way his team is performing right now.

by Todd Anderson

With a record of 21-4-3 over the last 28 games, Senators head coach Bryan Murray is obviously pleased with his team's success . It's how it's winning the games that impresses him most.

"The early part of the year we talked about having a hard-working, disciplined team," Murray says. "It took a little while, but the guys have bought in. I'm real pleased with the attitude, the work ethic. The guys are working hard in the game, they're working hard in practice, and obviously you're having fun when you win the game."

Murray has seen his lineup develop into a cohesive unit that he feels is suited for playoff hockey.

"I think last year we had the ability to turn a game around in two shifts. I don't know that we have the same opportunity right now, but we are more ready to be a good team. As a group we're more solid, more consistent, more predictable. I believe we're more disciplined, have a more hard-nosed approach and certainly a better feel of a team. It's nice to have great individuals but it's better to have a good team. I think we're able to play a playoff style more now than we could in the past."

During the team's current winning streak goaltenders Ray Emery and Martin Gerber have shone. Murray says it's important to have both guys going as the playoffs approach.

"That's a great luxury, there's no question," Murray says. "If we continue to get that type of play (from both goaltenders), it gives us a chance to win every night."

Says Gerber: "We're the same as the players, we're just trying to keep things as simple as possible. We just want to give our team a chance to win, and to try and steal a game once in a while."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10