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Senators battle through adversity for 2-0 series lead over Buffalo

Sunday, 13.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators battle through adversity for 2-0 series lead over Buffalo
From left, Senators Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing celebrate Corvo's game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 2. Photo: R. Stewart/Getty Images/NHLI

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators are showing the characteristics of a champion.

Leading the Eastern Conference final 2-0, the Senators host the Buffalo Sabres for Games 3 and 4 at Scotiabank Place on Monday and Wednesday. While the first two victories of the series haven't come easily, Ottawa has given itself a chance to claim a spot in its first Stanley Cup final appearance in modern-day franchise history with a pair of victories at home.

"It's great. We went in there and did a real good job," Senators alternate captain Wade Redden says of the 2-0 start in Buffalo. "Every game keeps getting bigger. We know it's not wrapped up by any means and we've got a lot of work to do. We obviously like being (at home) but it's going to be tight games, and we have to be prepared for that. Being at home and coming into Game 3, we've got a great opportunity here."

The Sabres sent last night's Game 2 into overtime when co-captain Daniel Brière tied the score at 3-3 with six seconds remaining in regulation. Senators defenceman Joe Corvo extinguished Buffalo's momentum by recording the game-winner in double overtime. At this time of year, it's crucial to be able to respond to adversity.

"You have to be able to recover, and I think that's a strength of our team," Senators head coach Bryan Murray says. "The one thing I really recognized in this group in the latter part of the year is that they are tough. They are mentally tough. They have to be the most well-conditioned group of guys that play in the National Hockey League right now. They are really seeing that it pays dividends."

 

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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