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from the Ottawa Sun,
“They were pretty good shots,” said Murray. “You don’t count on getting five goals on (Brodeur) very often.
“Let’s put it that way. There were a couple of great shots that I don’t know who could have stopped them. I give him a little bit of credit for bouncing back from that (first period).
“We respect him a lot. All we talked about was getting shots at the net. They don’t give you many odd-man rushes and we were able to capitalize on (the ones we got). I don’t know that I would point the finger at him on many. I just hope that we keep doing that.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Ray Emery of the Ottawa Senators has always looked up to Brodeur. As he is to so many young goalies seeking a place among the class of the NHL elite, Brodeur is a role model for Emery.
Brodeur, meanwhile, keeps his eye on the good ones coming up behind him.
Yesterday, on the morning of Game 1, Brodeur was talking, en francais, about the Senators and their 25-year-old netminder.
“It looks like they’ve finally found a goalie,” Brodeur said, “who gives them a chance to win every night.”
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
San Jose has officially created a new kind of system: the offensive trap. OK, it’s just puck-possession with great forechecking, but Detroit’s hardly getting a sniff of the puck in the final frame, which must be maddening, since they were supposed to be the puck-possession team.
more on both games from last night…
From the AP via Toronto Star,
New Jersey Devils captain Patrik Elias will be sidelined for the first game of the second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday because of a lingering cold.
“Patrik was here this morning and he will not be in the lineup,” Devils coach Lou Lamoriello said after the team’s morning skate. “He is much better. The way he feels, he’ll skate tomorrow and be ready for Saturday.”
From Wayne Scanlan at the Ottawa Citizen,
Alfredsson, who turns 35 in December, and Dean McAmmond, 34 in June, are the two senior Senators in age.
They figure to have the most at stake as another opportunity comes around. How many more do they get?
McAmmond was on the sidelines for two Cup finals—in 1992 with the Chicago Blackhawks and 2004 with the Calgary Flames, but didn’t see action in either series.
He was there, he says, “watching and learning.
“I’m still wanting to get there,” he says. “I still want that ring.”
Bryan Murray and Daniel Alfredsson took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Could you talk about the play of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov throughout the first round and throughout the season?
BRYAN MURRAY: They’ve been our key match-up pair of defensemen. They’ve been real solid, obviously. I think both of them have developed their game even beyond what they were a year ago. There’s no question that if you don’t have that kind of shutdown pair, our team, number one, wouldn’t have had the year we had, and number two, wouldn’t have been able to stop Sidney Crosby and his group the way we did.
Q. Can we expect to see that pairing against the Gionta, Elias, Gomez line?
BRYAN MURRAY: Certainly part of that time will be that way. The other line we have to recognize is the Parise line. I think they were very, very good for them in the early series. We will have to play a little bit of toss the ball in the air and see which one is going on a given night.
They’re certainly our priority pair.
from the Ottawa Sun,
In obvious discomfort after taking a shot on his catching glove yesterday at practice, Senators goalie Ray Emery smashed his stick and left the ice.
The Senators’ top ‘tender was quick, however, to assure the gathered press corps he’ll be ready for Game 1 against the Devils on Thursday in New Jersey.
“As long as I’m ready when they sing the songs, that’s all that matters,” Emery said in reference to the national anthems after emerging from the training room.
from the NY Post,
“I’m sure the Senators feel this is their year. Every year I’ve been in this league, they’ve been right there,” John Madden said after the Devils advanced to the second round with their 3-2 Game 6 victory over the Lightning here yesterday.
“Their depth is going to be a big challenge,” Martin Brodeur said after becoming the second-winningest goalie in NHL history with his 93rd victory.
The Devils, however, showed that they’ll present the old tenacity that is their trademark, the spirit of the bulldog that should be their alternate emblem.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
With each game, each series and each season, Murray and assistants John Paddock and Greg Carvel have gained more knowledge of the inner workings of their own team.
“I know what guys can do now,” said Murray. “I know the level you can expect, where they fit and they, in turn, came to understand better the system that we’re trying to play, the checking role we expect of them and the work ethic we expect of them.”
With that knowledge, the coaching staff can figure out what matchups work best, what areas they are best equipped to try and exploit on the other side.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
To use the old cliché: they played for each other. They finally became a team.
None of that came easy to the Senators and a tip of the proverbial hat has to go to crusty general manger John Muckler, who always could see their problems and never stopped working to eliminate them.
The same goes for Murray who at long last became the coach that instilled a sense of accountability into his players. By holding them accountable for their shortcomings as well as their accomplishments he became the coach that got them to play as a team. For once the Senators could close their locker room door and hold themselves accountable for what went on on the ice.
Under Murray they came to realize that they and they alone would solve their problems and when that light finally went on, when that sense of accountability finally took hold, Murray’s job was done.
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