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Senators consistency leads to confidence

Friday, 05.18.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators consistency leads to confidence
Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden is confident his club will close out the Eastern Conference final tomorrow against the Buffalo Sabres. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators have been a model of consistency since the calendar flipped to 2007, and they have full confidence in themselves heading into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final tomorrow against the Buffalo Sabres. Knowing they haven't lost back-to-back games throughout the playoffs - or in regulation dating all the way back to Dec. 19, and 21, 2006 - the Senators intend to keep those streaks going.

"It's a testament to our guys in here and how we compete every night," Senators alternate captain Wade Redden says. "If we do lose a game, we get right back to what we have to do the next night."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray says his team's ability to come back from a loss or adversity in a game is one of its strongest attributes. He's impressed with the poise from the group.

"We talk about mental toughness all the time," Murray says. "I think that's the biggest thing that good teams have. They're able to overcome obstacles. Momentum is not the big item. What it is, is being ready to play for a particular game and be ready to focus, be ready to handle that game."

Down 3-0 in the series and desperate for a win, the Sabres cut down the minutes of some of their players in Game 4, which they won 3-2. Murray continued to employ all four lines and the response from the unit of Dean McAmmond, Christoph Schubert and Oleg Saprykin, for example, proved that the Senators coach can rely on everyone on the roster to work together and get the job done.

"I think all we're doing is trying to keep it simple, all the boring stuff," says McAmmond, who scored one of Ottawa's goals in Game 4. "Get the puck deep, nothing fancy. Get pucks at the net and maybe get a couple breaks.

"It's just a matter of us sticking to the system that has carried our momentum whether we've been down a goal or up a goal."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44