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Senators have no fear playing Game 6 on road

Ottawa, unbeaten at Bruins in playoffs, can advance with win on Sunday

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Home-ice advantage hasn't counted for much in the Eastern Conference First Round between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.


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The Senators are 2-0 at Boston, while the Bruins have gone 2-1 in Ottawa. Leading the best-of-7 series 3-2, Ottawa looks to close things out in Game 6 at TD Garden on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). Ottawa went 2-0-0 at Boston during the regular season.

"It's a great stat," Senators defenseman Marc Methot said Saturday of Ottawa's record at Boston. "I don't think we think about it, to be honest. Not anymore at this point. During the regular season, that's one thing. Sure, we grabbed a couple of games on the road here in this series, but it's a different ballgame now.

"With only a couple of potential games left, we'd like to close this out as soon as we can. I think we're in a good position still. We've got this lead. I'd like to think a lot of the pressure is still on them to try to keep it alive, but they also have nothing to lose."

The Senators led 2-0 in Game 5, but the Bruins, behind two goals from Sean Kuraly, including the winner at 10:19 of double overtime, won. It was the second time in three games the Bruins erased an Ottawa multi-goal lead. In Game 3, the Senators had a three-goal lead, but Boston came back to tie it before Ottawa won 4-3 in overtime.

"We know they are not going to give up," Senators captain Erik Karlsson said. "We're not going to give up, either. Whether we take the lead or not, we're going to play the same way we have. We knew it was not going to be easy. We definitely did not expect to win four straight, even though we did everything we could and definitely had the chances to close it out."

Video: BOS@OTT, Gm5: Stone converts on a breakaway in 1st

Each game in the series has been decided by a goal, three of them in overtime.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher agreed home ice has not been an advantage.

"No, nothing," said Boucher, "and I guess it's the same for them because they won the first game in our barn and then we won the second game in our barn and we won both of our games there and they come back and win in ours.

"I said since the beginning I don't believe in that home advantage stuff. Every game is ice and boards where that game is."

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Boucher said he had not decided on his lineup for Sunday. Forwards Viktor Stalberg and Tom Pyatt and defenseman Mark Borowiecki each are day to day; Stalberg did not finish the game Friday because of an undisclosed injury, Pyatt sustained an upper-body injury early in Game 4 and did not play in Game 5 and Borowiecki sustained a lower-body injury in Game 2.

Karlsson said he experienced some cramps near the end of Game 5.

"That's the first time that happened, but no harm, no foul today," he said.

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