RALEIGH, N.C. -- Boy, how things have changed.
Senators coach Bryan Murray, upset with the stick penalties his team has been taking lately, invoked the name of the Maple Leafs yesterday as an example to follow.
"New Jersey takes four of five penalties a night at the most. (The) Toronto Maple Leafs aren't taking penalties now. They've all made adjustments," said Murray, who will point out the lazy penalties with a video session before tonight's game against the Hurricanes.
"I thought we had done a pretty good job of it, but now it's come back to haunt us to a degree the other night (vs. the Devils)."
The Senators were the seventh-most penalized team in the league going into last night's action, averaging about 19 minutes a game (the Leafs were 16th most-penalized in the league, by the way).
The Senators have been on the power play 119 times this season and given the opposition 120 power plays.
"I was very upset the other night with the third period," said Murray as the Senators took six minors in the third period of their 5-4 win over the Devils, opening the door for New Jersey to get back in the game.
"(Vaclav) Varada for two, (Chris) Phillips, (Mike) Fisher, (Chris) Neil ... all got stick-related penalties, hooking, reaching for a guy when they know full well that every time that happens, it's going to be called."
Murray isn't putting the entire blame on his players, knowing there are a lot of players taking advantage of the situation.
"Players seem to be going down awfully quickly. A couple of times (against the Devils) a player got touched on the hip and fell down and that's a little bit much," said Murray.
"We're talking about diving. I know it's hard for the referees to recognize, but they do have to recognize it quicker than they have been."
That said, Murray isn't letting his guys off the hook.
COACHES POUND AWAY
"The easy thing to do is blame the referee and not recognize some of your players are doing the no-no type of activity. This is what's happening around the league. Coaches have to continually pound away at this and get the players to understand if you don't get good position, you better keep your stick down and don't give the referee the opportunity to make the call."
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said
"When you get into penalty trouble, you lose momentum," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.
"I think some of (the penalties) have definitely been undisciplined, knowing that you can't hook anymore. Sticks get up there, but you've got to pay attention on the ice, there's no question."