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Senators look for 'extra edge' against Penguins tonight

Tuesday, 17.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators look for \'extra edge\' against Penguins tonight
Tonight the Ottawa Senators will look to get more pucks past Pittsburgh's Marc-André Fleury, above. Photo: H. How/Getty Images/NHLI

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators hope to return home after Game 4 tonight in Pittsburgh with a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Penguins. They know it won't come easy.

"Obviously, we would like to get the extra edge here," Senators head coach Bryan Murray said after an optional skate today in Pittsburgh. "I suspect that Michel (Therrien, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins) will have his people wired and ready to go. It will be a real good contest."

With a win tonight, the Senators will have a chance to move on to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs with another victory at Scotiabank Place on Thursday. The team isn't looking that far ahead just yet, though.

"(Pittsburgh is) going to regroup. They know how important the game is (tonight) as well," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says.

While Ottawa has outshot Pittsburgh 99-66 so far in the series, they will look to get more goals past Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury.

"I think Fleury has played well. Hopefully, we have learned every night how to play against him a little better and, hopefully, we can finish more," Murray says.

Over the last two days, Murray has given his players the option to practise or stay off the ice. He says the players deserve, and could benefit from, the rest.

"After two (games) in two nights, I gave them the option and I think 12 guys went out (to practise today)," Murray said. "Really, this group has worked hard at getting ready. What we've done is allowed them to take a skate in one of the two days, and most of them have done that."

Oleg Saprykin will replace Patrick Eaves, who left Game 3 early after a collision with Pittsburgh's Colby Armstrong, in the Senators lineup tonight. Eaves says he wants to get back playing as soon as possible.

"I'm feeling a lot better than yesterday," Eaves said this afternoon. "It's just kind of a day-to-day thing right now. I'll go by what the doctors (and trainers) tell me everyday. I'll be back as soon as I can."

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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