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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
On a team that features stars like captain Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Wade Redden, none of whom have played particularly well in the first two games of the finals against Anaheim, Murray pointed instead to the 23-year-old Spezza.
Perhaps he was laying down the gauntlet for Spezza, whom he expects great things from.
Perhaps he was just hoping to catch a break in a series in which the Senators are desperate for a break.
Regardless, it is a mark of the evolution, the maturity of the one-time child prodigy that Spezza reacted to Murray’s hopeful comments, not with surprise or nervousness, but with his newfound aplomb.
“I know personally I have to be good,”” Spezza said. “Hopefully I can give the team a jolt. I know I have to be an impact guy.”
from the AP via the NY Post,
The Ottawa Senators may have a surprise or two for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. They better if they want to avoid falling into a 3-0 deficit.
On the eve of the first Stanley Cup finals game in Ottawa in 80 years, the Senators held a team meeting prior to Friday’s practice at Scotiabank Place.
Goalie Ray Emery wasn’t about to divulge what coach Bryan Murray discussed with his team, which flew home from Anaheim on Thursday after dropping the first two games of the finals on the road.
“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Emery said.
from Jim Kelley at Sporstnet describing the Sens chances of a comeback-
Besides, it’s not like they’re calling on Alexei Yashin to give them a win-one-for-Ottawa speech. This time their fate is truly in their own hands.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
I think it’s safe to assume two things about the city of Ottawa: (1) it’s populated largely by lemmings and (2) Chicken Little has a prominent position in city council.
Have you ever heard so much negative talk and such a defeatist attitude coming from this town? Well, actually you have – many times to be exact – I mean it is Ottawa. The Senators have historically tripped more than Keith Richards and fallen more than a one-legged table.
from the National Post via Canada.com,
The morning after a postgame Ottawa dressing room that was rife with complaints about the dropping of the standard for hooking and holding in this series, Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, didn’t give an inch to the Senators’ complaints.
In fact, he filed them under G—for gamesmanship.
“I appreciate it, but I’m oblivious to it. That approach to influencing the game, it’s archaic,” the head ref said. “The coaches stand up for their team, and I stand up for my team. We don’t score goals or miss the net.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
The Ottawa Senators are on the verge of resurrecting a notorious nickname they had thought they shed: choking dogs.
The team that needed only 15 games to win three NHL playoff series leading to the Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks has disappeared with barely a whimper.
The Senators have been virtually unable to create scoring chances unless they have a 5-on-3 advantage, and they’ve been largely unresponsive to the wave of bodychecks the Ducks have thrown at them.
from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,
NEW SENS EXCUSES ON HOLD. The Ottawa fans were too loud, couldn’t concentrate. The Ducks are bigger than we are, it’s not fair. The Ducks have bigger, bushier beards than we have, they scare you with them. The Ducks get to stay in nice hotel rooms away from their nagging wives and girlfriends, not us.
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
But rather than reflecting the “old” NHL, where teams like New Jersey used to lie back in the neutral zone, grab onto opposing players as they tried to gain the offensive zone and thus limiting much offensive creativity, the Ducks seem to have found the perfect hybrid of the old and the new.
Under Anaheim GM Brian Burke’s tutelage—and making good use of prospects acquired by Murray when he was Ducks GM—Anaheim has achieved success by using a lethal blend of size and speed to shut down the Senators.
As Burke is fond of saying, he wants a team that can do it all—play with speed, punish opposing teams and, if push comes to shove, drop the gloves.
Q. Bryan, you and your players have talked a lot the last couple of days about how you feel the Ducks are holding you up and making it difficult to create a forecheck. According to the rules, it shouldn’t be happening that way. I wonder if, big picture, do you see this as a problem for the NHL?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: No, actually, I said after the game last night to the coaching staff, I thought the way they played and the way we played was better and different. I didn’t think there was much holdup last night. I thought both referees did a real good job, and I really did. I felt that the players decided the game last night. Anaheim over the course of the game played better than we did.
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