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Murray happy with direction heading into busy weekend

Friday, 16.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Murray happy with direction heading into busy weekend
Senators forward Chris Neil looks to build on his career total of 100 points this weekend after reaching the milestone last night.

by Todd Anderson

For just the third time this season the Ottawa Senators will play on both days this weekend. Head coach Bryan Murray gave his team a complete day off today to ensure they're rested for matches against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow at Scotiabank Place and on Sunday in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

After a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders last night, the coach is pleased with the club's performance heading into the weekend.

"I liked the game," Murray said during his post-game conference last night. "I liked the fact we played the way we did. I thought we played well fairly early but didn't score or shoot as well as I might like, but then we rallied so quickly at the start of the third it was just a matter of playing the game out at that point."

The third period featured a Senators club record for fastest three goals - Chris Neil, Dean McAmmond and Jason Spezza scored in a 1:16 span. Joe Corvo and Chris Kelly also scored for Ottawa in the second period. In total, 10 different Senators had points on Thursday.

"Very definitely to win in this league you need a variety of guys to do some scoring," Murray says. "We need some balance. That third line and the fourth line worked real hard and I was happy for them to contribute and to get recognized by getting some points."

Pink stick campaign returns
NHL teams are participating in the second annual Tribute to Hockey Moms from March 16 to 18 and, once again, the Ottawa Senators will take part in the fundraiser to help fight breast cancer. The Senators will be using pink sticks during the morning skate, pre-game warm up and in the game against Philadelphia tomorrow.

Afterwards, the sticks will be autographed by the players and auctioned off with proceeds being donated to cancer research through the NHL/NHLPA's Hockey Fights Cancer program and its Canadian charity partner, the Canadian Cancer Society. Last year's inaugural campaign raised more than $150,000 US.

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Comrie is proud to take part in the campaign.

"Losing my mom to breast cancer was the hardest thing. Over the years, I've scored what I thought were big goals, but to score a goal last year using the pink stick for my mom will always be the greatest for me."

For more details, visit the pink stick section of www.tpshockey.com.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06