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Sens look to re-write the history books

Monday, 28.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sens look to re-write the history books
Senators forward Chris Neil stickhandles a puck over the 2007 Stanley Cup logo during practice at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday. A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

It was 80 years ago, on April 13, 1927, when the Ottawa Senators won their last Stanley Cup with a 3-1 victory over Boston. After a 58-year absence from the NHL - the Ottawa franchise moved to St. Louis after the 1934 season - the club returned to the league in 1992. Tonight, the modern-day Sens look to make history in Game 1 of the 2007 Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks. It's the team's first trip to the Cup final since the franchise was resurrected 15 years ago.

 "We've had some real good seasons. We've had some disappointments in the playoffs," says Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has skated in all 94 playoff games in team history. "We haven't played to our potential, but every year it's a new year. It's an opportunity. You always think that year is your year. That was no different this year. Obviously, we've really pulled together as a team here and played real consistent, and that's the reason we're here."

Tonight will be a proud moment for all of the Senators, including centre Jason Spezza.

"Definitely, we're hockey historians," Spezza says. "Playing for a Canadian team, the passion for the game year-round, seeing people disappointed when we do lose. I think having the opportunity to bring a Cup back to Canada and become Canada's team is another driving reason for us to try and win.

"I think first and foremost we want to try to win for the guys in the dressing room, for each other, but there's definitely a little more behind it playing for a Canadian team."

The Senators continue to be focused with the task at hand, but they've learned to find a healthy mix between working hard and having fun.

"I think that's the way we've been going all along, even all season," Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips says. "Even when we're working hard and having hard practices, we're having fun out there. And I think that's a big reason why we're in this position right now."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 60 15 32 3 47
B. Ryan 56 15 30 8 45
K. Turris 60 15 28 -4 43
M. Hoffman 57 23 16 23 39
M. Stone 58 15 24 11 39
M. Zibanejad 58 15 18 2 33
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 55 11 14 -1 25
D. Legwand 58 8 14 -3 22
A. Chiasson 54 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02