Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/04/06 at 12:13 PM ET
"If you look at it now," Ruff said, "we're definitely the underdog in this series." Then Ruff paused and looked into the audience, a sheepish look on his face, as if he didn't really believe what he was saying. Sure, Ottawa is the favorite. The Senators are the top seed in the East. They have superior talent. They won the season series from Buffalo and annihilated the Sabres on occasion in the regular season. Ruff wants the Senators to know they're favored, and he wants his players to remain wary and humble. After Tuesday night's clincher in Philadelphia, he told them to spend the morning celebrating and show up for practice at noon. No one complained. They showed up for work and started preparing for Ottawa.read on
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