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Down but not out

Thursday, 31.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Down but not out
Ottawa Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips says his team will battle back in the Stanley Cup final. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Trailing the Stanley Cup final 2-0 to the Anaheim Ducks, the Ottawa Senators are confident they can battle back when the series shifts to Scotiabank Place for Games 3 and 4.

"It's disappointing to not get a win down here but we can't hang our heads," Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips said moments after Game 2 last night in Anaheim. "There's a lot of pride in this room, and we're going home now. We've got two games at home to even out the series."

The Senators are 5-2 at Scotiabank Place this post-season. Ottawa forward Dany Heatley thinks the home crowd will help push his team to victory, just as they have earlier during the playoffs.

"It's the Stanley Cup final. It's not going to be easy. (Anaheim) played well in the two games in their building. We still feel we have a lot more we can give and we can go home and be in front of our fans and, hopefully, get a good one on Saturday."

After losses of 3-2 and 1-0 in Games 1 and 2, respectively, Senators head coach Bryan Murray promises a solid effort from his team for Games 3 and 4.

"We'll work hard. We'll play hard. We'll be competitive," Murray says. "Our fans are great in our building, and I think that they're so supportive that they'll give us a lot of energy going back. We've got to get skating the way we did at stages in (Game 2), and if we do that, then we'll handle it fine."

Saturday's game marks the first Stanley Cup final match to be played at Scotiabank Place. It will be an exciting atmosphere for everyone in attendance, both inside the building and outside in the Red Zone.

Anaheim Ducks star defenceman Chris Pronger says he expects the Sens Army to be a factor in the next two games. Playing in his second consecutive Stanley Cup final, he knows how a hometown crowd can motivate its team to victory.

"We've won our two home games, and let's face it, you're supposed to win your home games. Now it's in their court. We're going to expect, obviously, a tougher environment in their building, and certainly their crowd will be behind them and cheering them on. So it will be a difficult atmosphere for sure."

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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