Working for wins

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

The Senators' record is perfect, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.

While, at 4-0, the Senators are the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference, coach Bryan Murray will send a gentle reminder at practice today there is still plenty of work to be done.

The challenge is to keep on winning. The club will play 32 games against Northeast Division opponents -- Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo and Boston -- and these points are important.

"The hardest part when you're winning is to keep on winning," said Murray. "When you're winning you have to remember you have to keep working hard. You can get comfortable and it's way too early to think you're that good."

Coming off a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday at the Bell Centre, Murray gave the players yesterday off to rest before they go back to work this morning.

With only one game -- Saturday at the Corel Centre against Boston -- in the next eight days, the Senators are going to spend time working on their power play and penalty killing.

The Senators are ranked No. 1 on the power play with a 28.1% (seven-for-25) success rate and the club is ranked 12th in penalty killing at 86.2%, with four goals allowed on 29 attempts.

"I haven't really given them much in the power-play area and while we've had a lot of success, teams are starting to catch on pretty quickly with what we're doing," said Murray in a conference call.

"Special teams are so important with the way the game is being played right now. We have to keep making improvements in this area."

The Senators have been impressive in two shootout victories over the Toronto Maple Leafs, a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres and the comeback vs. Montreal.

It's obvious with the way the game is being called, guys like Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat will continue to play key roles.

Murray has been impressed with the way the club has handled adversity. Down 2-1 to the Habs midway through the game, the Senators scored three goals.

"The big thing is three of those games were on the line going into the third and we found a way to win," said Murray. "I thought our third period (against Montreal) might have been our best period this season.

"We showed a lot of character. (The record) probably says a lot about the fact that we're a pretty good hockey club."


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