GAME: Ottawa Senators (27-12-7-3) at Dallas Stars (23-20-9-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
There was a time earlier this season when the Ottawa Senators had some
trouble scoring goals.
That's not the case anymore.
Coming off one the best offensive performances in franchise history, the
Senators look to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the
Ottawa began the season with 13 wins in its first 29 games, scoring an
average of three goals over that span. Since Dec. 18, however, the Senators
have posted nearly four goals a contest in going 14-2-4 in their last 20.
On Saturday, Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 9-1 at home to extend its
winning streak to three games. The Senators, who have scored 15 goals in their
last two contests, lead the NHL with nine players having more than 10 goals.
Ottawa, which won the President's Trophy last season, leads the NHL with 167
``We took it to them with our positional play,'' said Ottawa center Bryan
Smolinski, who scored twice in the first period Saturday when the Senators
opened a 4-0 lead. ``They came out hard and they wanted to do well. We just
wanted to make sure it wouldn't be easy for them.
``We didn't give them anything. We really just went out and did what we're
supposed to do. I know we scored nine goals, but we really didn't do anything
special. We just went out and got the job done.''
Dallas also has been getting the job done lately. The Stars skated to a 2-2
tie at home with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday to extend their unbeaten
streak to three games.
The Stars are 12-5-6 in their last 23 contests, including four wins in their
previous five. Dallas needed that run to get back into playoff contention in
the Western Conference standings, where it has moved into the top eight.
``We've battled through some demons, and we've become mentally stronger as a
team,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.