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Sens look to re-write the history books

Monday, 05.28.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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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

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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