Hasek revved up for Battle

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

WILKES-BARRE, PA. -- The Dominator will get his first taste of the Battle of Ontario tonight at the Corel Centre.

While the atmosphere won't quite be playoff-like, it should be electric nonetheless with Dominik Hasek making his first start at home for the Senators against the hated Maple Leafs.

Since there have been no NHL games played at the building since Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs on April 18, 2004, club officials are expecting a sellout to see Hasek make his first start in Ottawa, especially considering it's against Toronto.

"I will be a little nervous before the game," admitted Hasek. "It's my first time playing in Ottawa and I'm excited about it."

Hasek, who made 19 saves in about 30 minutes of action in a 3-0 victory over the Penguins on Friday in Binghamton, is scheduled to play half the game before backup Ray Emery takes over.

Tonight's game can be seen on Rogers 22 (7 p.m.).

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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