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Senators' MacArthur set to play Game 6 vs. Canadiens

by Chris Stevenson

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur said he will play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).

MacArthur left Game 5 in the second period after he said he aggravated a nagging injury in the first period of the Senators' 5-1 win. The Senators, who lost the first three games of the best-of-7 series, can tie it with a win Sunday and force a Game 7 in Montreal on Tuesday.

"I think we had a 3-0 lead at the time so I said, 'Let's see what the young guys are made of. I'm going to call it a night,'" MacArthur said. "I chased P.K. [Subban, Canadiens defenseman] around for a couple of shifts and said that was it."

MacArthur skated Sunday morning and said a day's rest and some treatment made a big difference.

The Senators have been a big story with their late season rally to earn a playoff spot and their comeback in this series.

MacArthur said the attention the team is getting was evident when he heard from Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane. MacArthur said he got to know Cochrane, famous for his hockey-themed hit "Big League," through some charity golf tournaments.

"You know you got some good attention when I checked my phone as soon as I got off and Tom Cochrane asked me how serious it was. You know we've got a good following," MacArthur said.

"He's a big hockey fan so it's pretty cool."

The Senators have been riding the goaltending of Craig Anderson, who has stopped 120 of 123 shots since replacing Andrew Hammond for Game 3. The offense came alive in Game 5 with Bobby Ryan, who hadn't scored in 16 games, scoring two goals.

Despite winning the past two games, Senators captain Erik Karlsson said he doesn't sense any doubt from the Canadiens.

"No. It's still a race to four and you can't expect to win every game in the playoff series," Karlsson said. "Sometimes you do. They are going to be motivated to play tonight even though they've lost two games in a row. We lost three in a row. We know it's going to be a tough game and we're going to have to play our best game tonight."

Said MacArthur: "We've done good with our backs up against the wall. You don't want to keep doing it. At this point we're out of options. No one wants to go home yet so we're going to keep winning and keep trying to win.

"These little grays [hair in his beard] coming out everywhere, that's backs against the wall for two months. It's been a lot of fun and we want to keep it going."

Senators coach Dave Cameron said he didn't believe in momentum carrying over from game to game.

"I don't think because we won these last two games that we're coming into today and we have all this momentum," he said. "No. We are going to have to develop momentum again with our style of play.

"The thing you have to also measure is we talk about pressure. When you lose the first three games of a series then I think you can honestly say the pressure is on us. We have to learn how to handle that so it doesn't get into our game. Each game you win now, it's shifted. Momentum not so much; pressure yes, it changes."

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Galchenyuk - David Desharnais - Dale Weise
Max Pacioretty
- Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Brandon Prust- Lars Eller - PA Parenteau

Jacob De La Rose - Torrey Mitchell - Devante Smith-Pelly

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry

Tom Gilbert - Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Brian Flynn, Manny Malhotra, Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar, Daniel Carr, Christian Thomas, Mike Condon

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)


Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Curtis Lazar

Milan Michalek - Zack Smith - Alex Chiasson

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Chris Neil, Colin Greening, David Legwand, Jared Cowen

Injured: Robin Lehner (concussion), Chris Phillips (back), Matt Puempel (ankle)

Status report: The Senators did not expect to make any changes from the lineup that started Game 5.

Who's hot: Hoffman has one goal and two assists in the past two games.

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