Sabres don't haunt Alfie

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:22 PM ET

The last time the Senators saw the Sabres, rookie forward Jason Pominville was ending their season.

Pominville swept around Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and goaltender Ray Emery to score a short-handed goal in overtime of Game 5 of their second-round series to boot the Senators out of the playoffs.

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After Thursday night's embarrassment at the hands of the Maple Leafs in the Senators' home opener, the mood in Ottawa isn't much better now than it was back in May.

Alfredsson was asked yesterday if he had spent any time in the summer thinking about that Pominville goal.

"Not really. I don't know if I would have changed a whole lot, to be honest," he said. "Most importantly, he scored on the play. But I didn't want to take a penalty, I didn't want to hook him. I thought I had him on a bad angle. Those things happen. He made a great play and that's life."

Pominville and the rest of the Sabres visit Scotiabank Place tonight (7 p.m., CBC) with the Senators knowing the natives are already restless after a lacklustre performance against the Leafs.

"We had a meeting (yesterday) and we know we got outworked. That's not acceptable and we can only get better," said Alfredsson. "There's a lot of things we didn't do right.

"We've always been known to be a team that bounces back after a poor effort and I don't think (tonight) will be any different."

After some success in the pre-season, the Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer-Mike Fisher line is still looking to get going in the regular season. They have just one point among them (an empty-net goal by Alfredsson).

Alfredsson huddled with coach Bryan Murray at the end of practice yesterday.

"I don't know if you can put your finger on it. I don't think we've been able to get our forecheck going as we did in the exhibition season and get our cycle going and that's a big thing for us, getting ahold of the puck in their end," said Alfredsson.

"I totally believe it's going to work and and I think it's still too early to judge how it's going to end up. I think we'll work just fine."

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KEEP AN EYE ON ...

29 JASON POMINVILLE RW

Age: 23 Ht: 6 feet Wt: 186 lbs.

2005-06 STATS: 1 GP 1 G 0 A 1 Pts 0 Pims

THE SKINNY: Rookie eliminated the Senators last spring with a short-handed overtime goal in Game 6 of their second-round series ... He had 18 goals and 30 points in 57 games last season ... Added another five goals and five assists in 18 playoff games ... Any team could have had him last year when he was on waivers early in the season to be sent to Rochester of the AHL ... Had 19 goals in 18 games in Rochester before being recalled ... The native of Repentigny, Que., played with Shawinigan of the QMJHL and was the Sabres' fourth pick (55th overall) in 2001.

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NOTEWORTHY

Senators D Joe Corvo is making progress in coming back from his broken foot. "He had an X-ray and he's come quite a ways. He thought he might skate this weekend," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I'm not sure when the timetable (for a return) would be. It would probably be another couple of weeks at the minimum." ... With D Tom Preissing back in the lineup tonight, D Tomas Malec was sent back to Binghamton yesterday ... The Sabres won their first game 3-2 in a shootout over the Stanley Cup-champion Hurricanes and were home to the Canadiens last night ... The Senators gave up 40 shots to the Leafs Thursday night. They gave up 40 or more shots only once all of last season (45 to the Flyers on March 25, 2006) ... The Senators are 22-32-10-7 all-time against the Sabres ... As of yesterday afternoon, there were fewer than 600 pairs of tickets left for tonight's game (Capitaltickets.ca; 613-599-FANS) ... Tonight is also Kids Opening Night with tickets discounted 40%.


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