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”We’re going to find out tomorrow if we learned any lessons,” MacLean said. ”We can talk about it, speak about it and address it, but it’s actually done on the ice when the puck drops. That’s when we’ll find out for sure.” The Senators have a 7-0 record when leading a series 3-1, but the last time the Senators won three straight playoff games was 2007 Only four players – Daniel Alfredsson , Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza and Chris Neil – remain from that team. Neil believes the team should be more than able to handle the pressure, with veteran leadership and the experience a number of its younger players earned in Binghamton when they won the Calder Cup in 2011. ”It’s getting a taste of winning and some of our young guys got that and. And for some of the older guys they have felt the bitterness of losing,” Neil said. ”Whenever you have a team on the ropes you’ve got to be able to put them down and that’s our mindset. We just have to play the game of games.” The Senators know they can’t afford to wait until the last ten minutes to take control as they did in Game 4, where they scored two late goals in regulation before winning in overtime. The Canadiens had been the better team for much of the game and, if not for a few breaks, the Senators could easily be heading to Montreal with the series tied. But this has been a season of resilience for the Senators. Few gave the Senators any chance of reaching the playoffs after lengthy injuries to Spezza, star defenseman Erik Karlsson and starting goaltender Craig Anderson decimated the team in the regular season. But the depleted lineup found a way to keep winning, and from that players gained a sense of confidence in one another that is now reaping rewards. source:–nhl.html

Senators hope to see Jason Spezza in second round

He’s a good player. He’s an important player for us. He hasn’t played all year though. It’s a big step to throw him into a series where everybody’s been playing for a long time. I hope to see him at some point in round two. Whether that will happen or not, I don’t know.” Related Senators rout Canadiens to reach second round Spezza played only five games this season before he was sidelined with a back injury. He had surgery Feb. 1 on a herniated disc. The six-foot-three Spezza is the most dangerous offensive threat on a team that struggled to score without him during the regular season. He had 34 goals and 84 points in 80 games last season. The Senators got a boost when defencemen Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowan returned from long-term injuries just before the playoffs. source:


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