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Senators won't let up

Monday, 14.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Centre Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators look to take a 3-0 lead against the Buffalo Sabres tonight in the Eastern Conference final.

by Todd Anderson

With a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference final, the Ottawa Senators are focusing on another win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Scotiabank Place. The Senators expect the Sabres will come out with their best effort of the series tonight and they plan to match it.

"They're going to be a pretty desperate club. We know that," Senators centre Jason Spezza said after this morning's optional skate. "Hopefully, we'll get a little energy from our crowd. We'll be ready to play."

Fellow Ottawa centre Mike Fisher agrees that Buffalo - the regular season's Presidents' Trophy winner with an NHL-high 113 points - won't go away easily.

"We feel confident with the group we have in here. We've played well but we still have a long way to go," Fisher says. "We're facing a good opponent in Buffalo and they're not going to roll over by any means."

The Senators have used a strong forecheck against Buffalo and have been credited with timely goals, as well as other momentum-shifting plays because of it. Forward Dany Heatley, who is tied with Spezza for the NHL scoring lead with 17 points, is impressed with how his team has played smartly during the post-season.

"Making the right plays at the right time is the main thing," Heatley says. "When we have nothing, we're getting the puck in. When we get a little break, we're taking advantage of it. It's something we've got to keep doing. We're getting a lot of things done when we get the puck in their end and forecheck. We're getting a lot of second-chance opportunities."

Heading into Game 3, Senators head coach Bryan Murray has faith that his team will stick to the game plan.

"I think it's quite encouraging that our veteran players, in particular, have been real good at focusing. In our meeting yesterday after we returned from Buffalo, there was a real good focus. I thought they took our criticism real well, because we didn't play the ideal game in Game 2. They understand the importance. I think we'll play one of our best games tonight."

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
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