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Senators vs. Canadiens: Game Three

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:45 PM: The only Sens game preview you ever need...
4:10 PM: Erik Karlsson kept his pre-game thoughts short and sweet ahead of game 3.

It's game three, it's a totally different game. It's going to be hopefully very intense, and hopefully we can come out and start good and get rolling.
3:15 PM: The good stuff as usual from Sens TV today as they have clips from Sens players and Coach MacLean.

Coach MacLean
Chris Neil
Cory Conacher
J-G Pageau
2:50 PM: Dave Cameron spent some time after formal drills to do a little one-on-one coaching with players. We'll see if the Sens offer up any new looks tonight.

2:00 PM: Cory Conacher figures to draw back into the lineup tonight after sitting out game two. I spoke to him about taking part in this newly galvanized Montreal/Ottawa rivalry after growing up in the Toronto area during the peak of the Battle of Ontario between the Leafs and the Sens. His family and friends have been a big part of the experience.

It's awesome, I've got a lot of friends who are going through an emotional rollercoaster right now because they grew up loving the Canadiens and obviously want to support me. One of them is actually coming to the game tonight. It has been a lot of fun to share with friends and I've got family and my girlfriend coming tonight. It's been a dream. My little brother stays in touch with me all the time and he keeps me updated on everything all year, who got points, what other rookies got points, who won games, he's been awesome all year. Same with the rest of my family. Tweeting me, Facebooking me, text messaging me and it's been fun so far. Going to Toronto for that first game was a lot fun too. Hopefully we can make a run here with Ottawa and I'm sure the fans will be ready.
Needless to say this experience has been eye opening for Conacher who has made his way to Ottawa via Tampa Bay and, prior to that, the AHL. One thing this series certainly isn't short on is media attention. I asked him if he has ever answered this many questions after he held court for a hoard of media members.
I haven't. This is my first time in a while. In Tampa you typically only see one camera in the room whereas today there's eight or nine.
1:45 PM: "And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!" - Dr. Seuss, talking about the Ottawa Senators and their fans.*

*Whether or not that is what the quote is referencing doesn't matter. Great photo courtesy of @ChrisBimm

12:55 PM: Zack Smith weighed in on the game three scene after the morning skate today. Here's what he had to say...

On splitting the first two in Montreal...

We're in a pretty good position getting a split in Montreal and obviously we're taking home ice. It's nice to be back at home and be back in front of our home crowd. Hopefully we'll get them behind us tonight.
On the home crowd...
It could be as loud as we've seen it in a few years. It's exciting. We've always had good rivalries and they tend to have a few fans here too so they always have good support. We know our fans are going to be there and it's going to be electric.
On the team's performance on offence thus far...
I don't think we've created enough chances at least second chances on rebounds last game when we do is when we capitalize so we're looking to get more shots to the net, more bodies there and get more scoring chances.
On his personal performance...
I'm not satisfied by any means. We're a checking line and we're supposed to go out there and bang bodies but at at the same time you want to chip in offensively and that's something our line hasn't done yet. I'm definitely not satisfied with that.
On how the matchups have played out...
In Montreal, the first two games, I don't think the matchups were that consistent, we're playing different guys every time but our game doesn't change. We still want to go out there and be physical with every player that they have and not just certain guys like their skilled guys or offensive guys.
12:00 PM: Scotiabank Place is getting dolled up for tonight's game...

9:30 AM: It's a game three game day here in the nation's capital as I'll be keeping you in the loop ahead of puck drop tonight at 7:00 pm. Games one and two had a lot of speed and ups and downs and given the way these teams match up you'd have to think tonight will be no different.

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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