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Senators won't let up

Monday, 05.14.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators won\'t let up
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."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02