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Senators primed for Game 2

Saturday, 28.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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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. ‘So just play smart, get the puck deep and hope you can forecheck well."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 60 15 32 3 47
B. Ryan 56 15 30 8 45
K. Turris 60 15 28 -4 43
M. Hoffman 57 23 16 23 39
M. Stone 58 15 24 11 39
M. Zibanejad 58 15 18 2 33
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 55 11 14 -1 25
D. Legwand 58 8 14 -3 22
A. Chiasson 54 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