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Playoff marathon continues for Senators

Saturday, 21.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Playoff marathon continues for Senators
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says his team can benefit from some rest before starting Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators have reached the first checkpoint in their journey to become Stanley Cup champions. After being given two days of rest as a reward for knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games in Round 1, the club will return to practice tomorrow in preparation of a second-round matchup against the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has played in all of the club's 84 playoff games, has learned the importance of resting when you have the opportunity during the playoffs.

"Now we're getting our bodies ready," Alfredsson said during a conference call this morning. "When we know who we'll play (in Round 2), we'll get our minds ready."

Senators general manager John Muckler, who also held a conference call this morning, was pleased to see the Senators advance through the opening round so quickly.

"I think it's important to have a short run in your first series," Muckler says. "We do have some bruises and minor injuries. A few days will heal that. I think it is important we get some rest. I think everybody will be anxious now to get back and play again."

While Ottawa, the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers have clinched a berth in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning are still battling in their first-round series. The Devils lead the Lightning 3-2 and will face Ottawa if they win. A Tampa Bay win would result in the Senators facing off against the Rangers.

"Both teams play very well defensively," Alfredsson says of the Rangers and Devils. "Both teams have good goaltending. I think New Jersey has really made a name for (itself) by trapping, where the Rangers might be a little more offensive. (New York's) top players are really good if they're going."

Muckler says it doesn't matter who the team meets, the key factor for the Senators is to focus on what they can control themselves.

"They're all good hockey clubs. The further you go into the Stanley Cup playoffs, you meet better teams in each round," Muckler says. "I'm not concerned about the other teams. I like our team. We have confidence in our hockey club. We trust our players, and our players trust each other."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02