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Senators vs. Canadiens: Game Four

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

5:50 PM: PGA Tour pro Brad Fritsch is #UnitedInRed:

5:30 PM: It's that time of the day. Gord Wilson checks in with the only Sens game preview you'll ever need.

4:50 PM: It has been three games of playoff hockey for Mika Zibanejad this year and he has played a big role for the Sens each game. He offered his thoughts after this early stretch...

On how he's adjusting to the playoffs:

It's going good, it's different from the regular season. More the atmosphere, all the tension around it but I feel like I can go play my game.
On the intensity of the series thus far:
It started heating up in Game 3 but it's a new game today and a new day today. We just have to focus on playing like we did last game. I think we played really well.
On he and Silfverberg producing as a tandem in the playoffs:
I've been paired up with Silvy for a while now and we've just been switching up the other side. It's been good to have a base. It's been feeling pretty good and he's a great player so I feel like it's always fun to play with players like that. Obviously playing against their top pairing is fun and always a challenge, especially as a young guy.
On drawing those top pairing minutes against a player like PK Subban:
He's a good player and he skates with the puck really well but, at the same time, if you pressure him like we did last game he doesn't have a lot of time and you can eliminate some big parts of his game. I think you just have to keep going at it and don't let him get too much room. Obviously everyone is better with more room and a guy like that who's so good with the puck and a great skater, we have to eliminate his game.
On trying to hang around the faceoff circle:
We can't fight against it. If you do that they might be extra picky with you and you won't get a draw at all. You just have to listen and do whatever the linesman tells you to do and go after that.
3:20 PM: I've been informed we'll have a special Senators alumni guest at tonight's game. You all know that mask...

2:55 PM: Marc Methot played a big role in Sunday's 6-1 game 3 victory and he passed along his thoughts on tonight's matchup.

On if he expects more craziness between the teams:

I don't expect to see too much of that. With the importance of these games and having that day off in between I think tonight's a new night and we can't expect to have that same kind of game. I know I'm sure the fans probably enjoyed it but getting the win is a lot more important and we don't want to spend the entire game in the penalty box either.
On having home ice advantage:
It's huge. We have a pretty strong home record playing in Ottawa. Any time we get a team in here we have a great chance of leaving with a win. In the playoffs anything can happen but we need to get these home wins because we know how hard it is to play in Montreal.
On if he expects stricter officiating tonight:
They've been pretty strict all playoffs throughout the first couple of games. Even on the faceoffs they've been kicking guys out and I was watching the games last night and it was the same thing. I think they're doing a great job. It's their job to keep the peace out there and when emotions are running high like they are right now, you're going to get penalties, there's going to be fights and big hits and it's for them to call the game.
On playing a disciplined physical game:
You've gotta feed off emotion, there's nothing wrong with playing with a lot. I think you have to, especially at this time of year. Everyone's playing hurt, you rely on your adrenaline and all of that to keep you going through the game so I feed off it, I love playing like that, it keeps me involved and I think that's something a lot of us are going to roll with.
On the game 3 crowd:
That was awesome. That was unbelievable. We had a blast.

2:00 PM: Sens TV put in their usual work today and got some solid soundbytes from Sens players and Coach MacLean. Here you go...

Paul MacLean
Daniel Alfredsson
Cory Conacher
Eric Gryba
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
12:00 PM:
If you didn't hear it, you probably didn't believe the rumours. Luckily for you we do, in fact, have the Pageau chant that echoed throughout Scotiabank Place on Sunday night.

With that tune out of the way, there is still one that has yet to take hold of Ottawa that needs to happen. It is none other than the "Oh! Ah!" chant in honour of Jakob Silfverberg which was shouted regularly while he was with Brynäs in Sweden. If you need a refresher....

9:30 AM:
It's a game four game day here in the nation's capital as the Sens will look to put the Canadiens on the brink of elimination with a 3-1 series lead. Game 3 was one of the most intense single playoff games this franchise has ever seen and if you were worried about this rivalry not blossoming you needn't worry any more.

The Sens will be hitting the ice for their morning skate at 10:15 today. I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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