Senators expect to break through Henrik Lundqvist
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Lundqvist frustrated Turris with a left-pad save, as the Rangers goaltender had frustrated every other try thrown his way on Monday. But Turris and the Senators aren't feeling snake-bitten by Lundqvist just yet, despite the 39-save shutout the previous night.
"We're going to score on him," Turris said Tuesday. "It's just a matter of time. Everybody knows he's a good goaltender, but if we keep getting chances, they'll go in. If we get 10 chances like the ones we got the other night, one or two will go in."
The Senators don't feel they have to go too far to convince themselves that they're going to break through on Lundqvist. Ottawa got a few good bounces in Game 2 and coach Paul MacLean said his team, which was without captain Daniel Alfredsson (concussion) on Monday, still generated a healthy number of scoring chances.
"We have to be a little bit better," MacLean said.
Alfredsson, who skated on Monday morning but was held out by team doctors a few hours before Game 3, did not skate in the team's practice Tuesday. MacLean said that Alfredsson "had a setback" and seems unlikely to play in Wednesday night's Game 4 barring a quick rebound.
"We'll see what it is in the morning," MacLean said. "If he's better, we'll make our decisions then . . . We're not replacing Daniel Alfredsson. We don't have that player."
And the Rangers have Lundqvist at the top of his game. The Senators responded to a lackluster effort in Game 1 with some over-the-top physical play, which helped them even the series. If they can get Lundqvist off his game -- perhaps with some bumps or whacks by the likes of Zenon Konopka or Chris Neil -- the Rangers are prepared.
"We need to protect that ice in front of Hank, and we do protect that ice well," Mike Rupp said. "That's a part of the ice you have to protect this time of year, and we're not going to change now."
What may make the difference for the Senators is better play from their better players. Erik Karlsson, who sat out practice to rest (as did goaltender Craig Anderson), has been firing pucks from everywhere, but Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, Ottawa's top-scoring forwards this season, have just one assist apiece in three games.
"We knew there could be games in this series that he steals, but we need to be persistent and keep throwing pucks at him and try to be better with our second chances.," Spezza said. "Just continue to fire at him and eventually we'll get a few by him and get rolling a little."