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Senators shed rust and hold on to victory

Friday, 04.27.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators shed rust and hold on to victory
Senators defenceman Wade Redden, left, celebrates with teammate Dean McAmmond after a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1. Photo: J. McIsaac/Getty Images/NHLI

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray is pleased with how his team bounced back last night from inconsistent play during the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the New Jersey Devils. After being off for seven days since eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1 of the playoffs on April 19, the Senators raced out to a 4-0 first-period lead last night and held on to steal home-ice advantage from New Jersey with a 5-4 win.

"I thought we played like a team that was off for seven days," Murray says. "I think we came out with energy. We were all enthused about the game and the series starting.

And then you could just see that our legs weren't the same in the second period, in particular, and (the Devils) got a couple of goals. We didn't play with the poise, for about five to eight minutes in the second, that you want your team to play with. We came out in the third and I thought we played real strong and steady."

Senators goaltender Ray Emery spoke about what was said in the dressing room during the second intermission.

"We just told ourselves we're in a good spot. Up on the road going into the third period, we had to seal the deal," Emery says. "There was no panic. That's what we wanted. If you would've told us we'd be up 4-3 going into the third before the game, we would've taken it. We just went out and played solid."

Murray says it was simply just a matter of getting back to the game plan.

"We just had to make adjustments. We had to do a couple of things in our game plan that we got away from. I thought we got away from them because we lost our energy. We were sitting back. You get a four-goal lead and kind of let yourself off with some of the disciplines you have to have."

Now the Senators will be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series when they visit the Devils for Game 2 on Saturday. Ottawa has never won the first two games of a series in club history.

"The first game is real important. Now we have a chance to steal two in a real tough building to win," Senators centre Jason Spezza says. "Going home, we're pretty good in our rink, too. The series is far from over though. We didn't have our best game (last night) but we found a way to win and that's all that matters."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 2 1 2 -1 3
M. Zibanejad 2 1 1 1 2
M. Stone 2 0 2 -1 2
E. Karlsson 2 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 2 1 0 0 1
C. MacArthur 2 1 0 -2 1
K. Turris 2 1 0 -2 1
C. Ceci 2 0 1 -3 1
J. Pageau 2 0 0 -1 0
M. Hoffman 2 0 0 -2 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44