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Sens look for first win tonight

Wednesday, 30.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sens look for first win tonight
Senators goaltender Ray Emery says that if his team can correct the mistakes it made in Game 1, they will be able to knot the Stanley Cup final at 1-1 tonight. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Confident that they can correct the mistakes they made in Game 1, the Ottawa Senators look to tie the Stanley Cup final at 1-1 tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

Speaking during a news conference in Anaheim yesterday, Sens goaltender Ray Emery said his team controls its own destiny.

"We made a lot of mistakes, and definitely didn't play our type of game but still gave ourselves a chance to win.

"So if we correct even some of the mistakes, we're looking pretty good. We're not short of confidence. If we correct those mistakes, we're going to come out on top."

Emery was asked if there was a sense of urgency after Game 1. Did the Senators wish they could get right back on the ice for Game 2?

"No, I think you need the day to correct the mistakes. We watched it for ourselves (on video yesterday). When you're out there, it feels like you're doing everything you can.  When you watch it, you watch the mistakes you make and a day off gives you a chance to become aware of those and figure out a way to do it right the next time."

The Senators have a chance to steal home-ice advantage with a win tonight. Emery says momentum will swing his team's way with a victory.

"We're down 1-0, but all of a sudden you win Game 2 and you got the split in their building, and that's a good situation to be in. We just have to take care of business in Game 2.

"Nothing needs to be said. We're a proud group, and I think that the leaders on our team can kind of feel things out and know if the guys need to be yelled at, if the guys need to be encouraged. I think our team has been good at coming back and staying focused."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray has seen his team battle through adversity already in these playoffs. After losing Game 2 against both the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils in the first two rounds, respectively, the Senators came back to win the next three games. The Sens dropped Game 4 against the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference final but wrapped up the series in the following game.

"This is the Stanley Cup final. This is the time to meet challenges," Murray says. "The attitude was good going into (Game 1), but the way we play the game and the way we follow the plan will be better."

Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle also thinks the Senators will be better tonight.

"When we look at them, they're an excellent hockey club," Carlyle says. "We respect that opposition immensely. We know that we're going to have to play a better game than we played (Monday) to have success, because I know in our minds they will come a lot harder and they will be a lot better."

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