|Senators centre Mike Fisher wants to start providing more offence for his team. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC|
by Todd Anderson
Heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa Senators forwards Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher and Mike Comrie are focused on providing some offence to help push their team to a 2-1 series lead.
"We just have to go out there, no matter who we're matched up against, and do the little things," Schaefer says. "Go to the net, shoot the puck a lot more and get playoff-style goals. I think that's what we're going to try and do tonight.
"We know the goals are going to come. We just have to stay positive and keep playing hard for each other."
Senators head coach Bryan Murray says while Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson have led the way, contributions from other players are essential for a long playoff run.
"There's no question to win in a long series you need a variety of people to score goals," Murray says. "It can't just be one line. Not normally anyway. We would like a couple of other guys to step up."
Fisher says defence still remains an important focus for the trio. Still, he would like to help push his team over the edge with some goals.
"We've got to play well defensively and create chances that way and start burying them," Fisher says.
Heatley remains hot
Heatley has followed up his record-setting regular season with an outstanding start to the playoffs. With nine points -- five against goalie Martin Brodeur and the Devils -- Heatley says he hasn't been intimidated by the all-star netminder.
"I think everyone realizes he's a great goaltender, he's a big-game guy and he's going to make big saves but I think we found out in the first two games he's beatable," Heatley says. "There's no question, you've got to make good shots to beat him. You've got to do the right things. You've got to go to the net and get in front of him like everybody else."
At the other end of the ice, Senators goaltender Ray Emery has also played well for Ottawa.
"You've got to look at what Emery's doing," says Devils centre Scott Gomez. "He's coming up huge for them. This is the time of year when you want to make a name for yourself, and Emery's doing that."
A busy optional skate
Every Senators player, except for forward Patrick Eaves who continues to sit out with a head injury, participated in the club's optional skate this morning. That impressed Murray.
"I'm the only guy not on the ice this morning," Murray said during his news conference. "I didn't realize the whole team was going out. I gave them the option. They're in a pretty good frame of mind. We had our team meeting this morning, and everybody seems fine and ready to go and glad to be home after being on the road for a couple of days."