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Senators try to stay alive again against Canadiens

by Sean Farrell /



Montreal leads best-of-7 series 3-2

The Ottawa Senators avoided being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs at home once already in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens.

They earned another opportunity to send their fans home happy from Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.

"It's exciting to come back for Game 6," Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson said Saturday. "We have our fans, our building; we've worked hard to get to this point in the series and rewarding our fans with some good play, and hopefully they'll come out and support us and give us a good atmosphere to play in."

The Senators have won the past two games after trailing 3-0 in the best-of-7 series to force Game 6. Ottawa was swept the previous four times it lost the first three games in a playoff series.

The Senators were 14 points out of a playoff berth before going 23-4-4 to qualify.

"This team believes in itself," Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. "It's been on the run here for two months and it believes in itself and it plays that way."

Anderson, who got his third playoff shutout in Game 4, has stopped 120 of 123 shots since taking over from Andrew Hammond, who lost the first two games in Montreal.

"You know I think we've just kind of been focusing on the right things," Anderson said. "We've been in situations where they're not where we want to be, but we've found ways to kind of dig ourselves out of the hole, and we're in that situation now. We're still in the hole. We're still digging. We're kind of in the moment and just coming together as a group, sticking together, and just winning one game at a time."

The Canadiens won the two times they played a Game 6 after leading a series 3-0; against the Buffalo Sabres in 1973, and the Hartford Whalers in 1988.

"We are still leading 3-2 so we're still in the driver's seat," Montreal center David Desharnais said. "We just have to win the next game."

Canadiens goalie Carey Price allowed five goals in Game 5 after allowing seven goals through the first four games. He was named a Vezina Trophy finalist Friday.

"We have the best goaltender in the world," said Montreal right wing Dale Weise, who scored his second goal of Game 3 in overtime. "He's going to be there every night for us, he's going to be there next game and our team steps up in big moments. We've got to look at Game 6 as a game we want to win. We want to put the end to it right now so I like our group in big games."

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