zt Pushing Pittsburgh to the brink won't be easy for Senators

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  1. 9981

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    What a difference a day makes.

    The tide has turned and the momentum has taken a seismic shift in the direction of the Ottawa Senators.

    And now it’s up to the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to somehow wrestle it back before it’s too late.

    As the Senators basked in the glory of its 5-1 victory over the frustrated Penguins Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa players know they’ve planted a seed of doubt. They can make the task monumental if they can push Pittsburgh to the brink of elimination in Game 4 Friday night at home.

    Leading the Eastern Conference final by a 2-1 count, the Senators don’t care if people think they’re boring or that they’re not getting respect from those who think they shouldn’t even be in this position.


    The team is not listening to the noise. They are focused on the goal of sending the Penguins packing.

    “We fly under the radar, that’s OK with us,” Senators winger Bobby Ryan said.

    As Ryan notes, that’s not a bad thing at this time of year.

    “I think all season and then in the playoffs, we’ve been the unsuspecting team that finds a way to hang around,” Ryan added. “You can call it because of the style or the way we play or whatever it is, but just a resilient group that wants to get it done in the third period most nights.”

    Coach Guy Boucher isn’t worried the Senators aren’t being given much credit. He has changed his tune now, but he did play the underdog card in the last series against the New York Rangers and, this time, he has just talked about the fact that he has nothing but respect for the Penguins.

    “I didn’t talk about being underdogs,” Boucher said. “I was asked. So I answer questions. I certainly didn’t come out and on my own state that. I’m aware that a lot of people were taking the Rangers, (we were) even (considered underdogs) with Boston.

    “But, to be honest with you, I don’t know what is said out there. I’ve been focusing on our team, and I have no clue. I think there’s 7.5 billion people on the planet, so there’s 7.5 billion opinions on everything. So I’m certainly not going to sit here and try to decipher which opinions I agree with and which I don’t.

    “The only thing that matters, really, is our players, what we’ve done. We’ve been in a bubble all year long in that respect, in terms of what we wanted to do, what we wanted to be, and what our identity should look like. We’ve grown steadily in that respect, and we keep it this way. So everything else, to be honest with you, I don’t know. I’m not interested in it either.”

    Since we haven’t checked the population of the world lately, we can’t argue with Boucher on his numbers. However, there is a growing feeling in the hockey world that the Senators are for real and a contender to win the Stanley Cup.

    “It’s something you kind of have to keep in the back of your mind. You don’t want to get too comfortable,” Smith said. “(There are) a lot of positives when you score that many goals. You win at home in front of your home crowd, you have to check your emotions too. So we’ll have to be aware of that (Friday).

    “(The Senators are) expecting a big pushback from them. I don’t think that was their typical game they played (Wednesday). So, we’ll be ready for a lot better game from them. They’re a proven team. They’ve been here. So, they know a thing or two about composure as well.”

    The Senators are only two wins away from their first trip to the Cup final in 10 years. After dropping a 1-0 decision to the Penguins in Game 2 in Pittsburgh, many thought the Senators were headed for a disaster, especially when they failed to even record a shot for a stretch of nearly 19 minutes between the second and third periods.

    Ottawa has shown all season it is a resilient team. The Senators haven’t backed down to anyone and they’re not about to start. They felt it was important to show they could push the pace of the game and make life difficult for Pittsburgh.

    “I don’t want to say last game was a statement or anything,” Ryan said. “We had a good start, and they had a poor one. You certainly take that for what it’s worth, and you move on because Game 4 is not going to be that. It’s not going to happen again.

    “They’re a veteran team. They’re a team that’s been through it. They’ll recognize that, and they’re going to have a push. So we’ll be ready.”

    BURROWS ‘HOPEFUL’

    The Ottawa Senators didn’t hit the ice Thursday so an update on the status of winger Alex Burrows will have to wait until Friday.

    Burrows didn’t look good leaving the ice with his left leg in the air Wednesday night after getting tangled up with Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Ian Cole in the club’s 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

    That doesn’t mean Burrows has been completely ruled out for Game 4, set for Friday at the Canadian Tire Centre, but coach Guy Boucher offered what sounded some optimistic about Burrows suiting up.

    “Still waiting,” Boucher said Thursday. “I know (Wednesday) after the game didn’t seem as bad as it could. So I’ll wait to get something more specific. Still hopeful for (Friday).”

    Burrows, acquired at the trade deadline from the Vancouver Canucks, hasn’t scored in 15 games but has four assists. Boucher indicated he’s been pleased with what he’s seen since Burrows joined his group back in January.

    “He’s been instrumental for us since he got here, not just with what he does on the ice, but also on the bench and off-ice, his personality and his leadership,” Boucher said in French.

    If Burrows is unavailable, the club has no shortage of depth.

    With the return of winger Viktor Stalberg from an undisclosed injury for Game 3, veteran forward Tommy Wingels was a healthy scratch.

    CLOSING TIME?

    The Senators have held a 2-1 series lead nine times in their playoff history and they’ve gone on to close out the opponent in eight of those. According to Elias Sports, the winner of Game 3 when a series is tied 1-1 is 205-99, including a 3-2 record this year.

    Here is Ottawa’s history after going up 2-1 in a playoff series:

    1998 Round 1 vs. New Jersey: Won 4-2

    2002 Round 1 vs. Philadelphia: Won 4-2

    2002 Round 2 vs. Toronto: Lost 4-3

    2003 Round 1 vs. Islanders: Won 4-1

    2003 Round 2 vs. Philadelphia: Won 4-2

    2006 Round 1 vs. Tampa: Won 4-1

    2007 Round 1 vs. Pittsburgh: Won 4-1

    2007 Round 2 vs. New Jersey: Won 4-1

    2013 Round 1 vs. Montreal: Won 4-1
     
  3. 小地主

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    一场一场打。。昨天Predators主场就没能拿下Ducks。。
     
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    总比被push的来的好些吧?:rolleyes:
     
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    凤凰涅槃也好, 得垄望蜀也罢, 今晚见.
     
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    这是好事,不能让他们赢得太轻松,不然总决赛参议员会吃亏
     

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