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Murray likes new direction of team

Thursday, 01.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21