Senators primed for Game 2
|Senators forward Dany Heatley leads Ottawa with seven points in the playoffs. Heatley and the Senators are gunning for a 2-0 series lead on the Devils tonight.|
by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators are playing for a 2-0 playoff series lead tonight when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
"They'll be a desperate team," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says of the Devils. "They know if they go down 2-0 it will be a tough position for them. Our challenge tonight is trying to go up and find that desperation level and get a 2-0 lead."
Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips says the team is focused on heading home with two wins to open the series.
"Right now a split is not even in our minds," Phillips says. "We came down and got Game 1 and all we're thinking about is taking Game 2. We're playing a good team and any chance we can put ourselves in a better position, we're going to try and take advantage of that."
The Senators don't expect to be playing under ideal conditions. Last night Continental Airlines Arena hosted an NBA playoff game between the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors, and this afternoon the building was host to the Champions on Ice show.
"You have to support the puck a lot when the ice is bad," Senators centre Jason Spezza says. "There could be bounces, pucks could hop over sticks."
Senators head coach Bryan Murray agrees it's important for his players to play accordingly.
"They have to realize they can't try anything, skill-wise, when the puck is jumping on you," Murray says. â€˜So just play smart, get the puck deep and hope you can forecheck well."