Just an­other game for Sens

The Observer (Sarnia) - - OPINION - MIKE SHALIN

Ot­tawa coach not look­ing at Game 5 as an elim­i­na­tion game THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

BOS­TON — Guy Boucher doesn’t want the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors to get too wrapped up in elim­i­nat­ing Bos­ton when they take the ice for Game 5 of their first-round se­ries with the Bru­ins on Friday night.

“I never see them as elim­i­na­tion games,” the Ot­tawa coach said at the team’s ho­tel Thurs­day morn­ing. “That’s my ex­pe­ri­ence. When I start think­ing of that, that’s where guys get ner­vous, they get anx­ious, they want to overdo things, they want to get things done right away in the first five min­utes.

“You get to­tally lost in that kind of ex­cite­ment, so for me it’s we’re go­ing to play an­other game and it’s go­ing to be an­other one-goal game and it’s go­ing to be ex­tremely hard. They’re go­ing to be at their most des­per­ate — they were des­per­ate yes­ter­day and they’re go­ing to be even more des­per­ate the next game, so we have to be ex­tremely ready and pre­pared for it.”

Ot­tawa, which leads the se­ries 3-1, has his­tory on its side. The Bru­ins have never come back from a such a deficit to win a se­ries, go­ing 0-for-22.

“Oh my good­ness, I couldn’t care less about his­tory — his­tory is dif­fer­ent peo­ple at dif­fer­ent times and dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances,” said Boucher, “so it’s all about us right now against the Bru­ins. They’re been a great op­po­nent all year long and we’re ex­pect­ing noth­ing less the next game — we’re ex­pect­ing a one-goal game, an over­time and re­ally we’re just fo­cus­ing on the first 10 min­utes of the next game.”

Ot­tawa for­ward Kyle Tur­ris agreed that the team can’t get too far ahead of it­self.

“It’s im­por­tant but you’re not think­ing, ‘Oh we have to do this,’ ” he said. “We’re go­ing into next game just think­ing the same way we have all se­ries: just play­ing our sys­tem, try­ing to limit what they get and score on the op­por­tu­ni­ties we do get to just to kind of give us a chance. If it doesn’t hap­pen next game, we’re go­ing to do the same thing the game af­ter.”

Wed­nes­day night’s 1-0 vic­tory gave the Sens a 7-1 record against Bos­ton this sea­son. All the games have been de­cided by two goals or less, and three of them have gone to over­time.

Asked why these games have been so close, Boucher said: “Be­cause there are two good teams that are go­ing at each other and no­body wants to give up.”

Craig An­der­son, 8-1 against Bos­ton in his last nine starts, pitched his fourth ca­reer play­off shutout and Bobby Ryan scored off yet an­other nifty play by Erik Karls­son in the third pe­riod to give the Se­na­tors a sweep of the two games in Bos­ton.

With the Bru­ins de­fence dec­i­mated by in­juries — three of their top four de­fence­men are out — Karls­son has been freer than usual to work his magic.

In Game 2 in Ot­tawa, his wiz­ardry led to a setup for De­r­ick Bras­sard for the ty­ing goal in the third pe­riod. In Game 3, he was a key in three of the four Ot­tawa goals, earn­ing ac­tual as­sists on two

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