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Wednesday, 18.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov has provided unexpected offence for Ottawa in the playoffs. Photo: L. Redkoles/Getty Images/NHLI

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov was still brimming with happiness today after leading his team to a 2-1 win last night and a 3-1 series lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.

Volchenkov's third-period goal, the second goal of his career in the playoffs, stood up as the game-winner.

"I'm not a big scoring guy," Volchenkov admits. "I just had one goal (in the regular season). This was a big goal for me, and the team, too."

 The defensive-minded defenceman is better known for other contributions he provides as a shut-down player.

While everyone was talking about Volchenkov's goal from last night, he teamed up with partner Chris Phillips to limit the chances of Penguins star Sidney Crosby once again. Volchenkov recorded three hits and five blocked shots in Game 4.

"For him, with the way he's played for this hockey team, it's a nice reward (to score), but... (winning) was the most important for us," Senators head coach Bryan Murray says.

Senators forward Mike Comrie, who assisted Volchenkov's one-timer from the blueline, says it's important to receive scoring from all players throughout the lineup.

"We have a lot of depth here, and when you get goals from everybody, it takes a lot of pressure off certain individuals. We know our top lines are going to get a lot of chances and are going to score a lot goals, but if we can get everybody else to chip in, it goes a long way."

Volchenkov's first career playoff marker came during his rookie season on April 16, 2003, in a 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders. It, too, was the game-winning goal.

Saprykin fits right in
Making his playoff debut for Ottawa last night, forward Oleg Saprykin provided lots of energy and created several scoring chances for himself, as well as linemates Christoph Schubert and Dean McAmmond.

"You just have to be ready every (playoff) game," Saprykin says. "There's not going to be any chance to coast a little bit. You've got to get in right away and be ready to make something happen every shift. There's no time off."

Saprykin gained experience in playoff action during the Calgary Flames' run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004, when he scored three goals and six points in 26 games.

"I know what it's like," Saprykin says. "It's not like I was just jumping in to my first game of the playoffs (last night). Every round is going to be harder and harder, and that's what makes your team stronger."

STANDINGS

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
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