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Senators consistency leads to confidence

Friday, 18.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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."

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