Coach fires challenge at Hasek

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Dominik Hasek was already sweating it out on the first day of training camp.

While it was sweltering outside the Corel Centre, Senators coach Bryan Murray was turning up the heat on the Senators veteran goalie as camp got underway.

Murray told reporters if the Senators are going to win the Stanley Cup, the 40-year-old Hasek must be outstanding.

"He has to be great," said Murray. "Your goaltending has to be great if you're going to go far in the playoffs. That was my experience with John Vanbiesbrouck when we went to the final with the Florida Panthers and with J.S. Giguere (in Anaheim). In both those situations, we had great goaltending.

"If you look at guys like Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek, their teams have had success in the playoffs because they've been great. I'm not concerned about getting him ready (for the start of the season). We want to make sure that we've got him ready and in top form for the playoffs (next spring)."

Hasek, who took part in his first organized practice since he left the Red Wings to have groin surgery in February, 2004, said he knows all eyes will be on him when the puck is dropped for real on Oct. 5 against Toronto.

"My goal is to get back to where I was in 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings when we won the Stanley Cup. That is my goal and if I'm able to do that then everything is going to be fine. I feel good out there," said Hasek.


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