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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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