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

Sunday, 05.13.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / 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

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02