Senators notebook: Anderson will remain in goal
Anderson will remain in net
OTTAWA — After letting in six goals in Wednesday's 7-3 loss, Senators goalie Craig Anderson will be back between the pipes Friday night.
Asked if he had any doubt he'd play, Anderson said: “I don't think so. I don't know why there would be.”
“Andy's stood on his head, he's been phenomenal, he's done great things all year,” center Jason Spezza said. “He gives us a chance to win every night. To expect him to make save after save from point-blank range is unrealistic.”
Alfredsson hits 100
Lost in Wednesday's debacle was that Daniel Alfredsson's third-period goal was his 100th career playoff point. He picked up the puck as a souvenir for his kids ... and took some heat. “Could this be my last season, my last playoffs? I don't know,” Alfredsson said. “I don't collect sticks or keep a lot of memorabilia at home, so there's no specific reason (I picked it up).”
Karlsson: It's not over
Defenseman Erik Karlsson said while the Penguins are good, the Senators aren't waving the white flag. “You can't just roll over and die,” he said. “We had the lead for some time, and that's a good thing, but we have to get back to basics and work harder. They played some great hockey. Sometimes there's not much you can do.”
Game sheet sums it up
Coach Paul MacLean didn't have much to say at his press conference following Wednesday's game.
He held up a game sheet then said, “Everything's right here. It's 7-3. We're going to Pittsburgh, and we're coming to play. Good night.” And he walked away.
“I think the coach was just as frustrated as the players were,” Spezza said.
Lead? What lead?
While the Senators had a 2-1 lead on the Penguins, MacLean wasn't buying in. “When I watched the game, we had the lead but we weren't exactly playing that great,” he said. “I thought we were playing in our end quite a bit — more than we were playing in their end. We had the lead, but I don't think we were dictating or dominating in any way.”