Sens not in sorry state

Bryan Murray. (SUN/Sean Kilpatrick)

Bryan Murray. (SUN/Sean Kilpatrick)

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:14 PM ET

Bryan Murray is offering no apologies for comments that have left the Canadiens with a knot in their shorts.

"I expect that if it has to come from our team to motivate another team, then there's a problem there," Murray said yesterday. "I expect every team we play from here on in will be highly motivated."

Montreal players and GM/coach Bob Gainey were clearly peeved by words coming from the Ottawa room Thursday following a Senators 3-0 win that included a 40-12 edge in the shots on goal department.

Bothering them was a bet made by Chris Phillips to his teammates, made after two periods, that the Senators keep the Montreal shots under 10 ("So we shouldn't set challenges for ourselves?" asked Murray) but even more agitating, it seems, were post-game remarks from Dominik Hasek.

The 41-year-old (today) goalie claimed it was the easiest shutout of his life and joked about not being the game's first star. Among those not amused were Jose Theodore ("What he said was a little out of line") and defenceman Sheldon Souray ("We play them again and comments like that are obviously going to be motivation for us.")

Said Murray: "When a goalie only has one scoring chance against him, it has an awful lot to do with the play of the defence. I'd say his comments were right on tee. He was complimenting our hockey team."

Murray says he's not worried about overconfidence becoming a problem for the Senators.

"It's a pretty good group we have," he said. "When you talk about (Daniel) Alfredsson, Hasek, (Zdeno) Chara and Chris Phillips, they are guys who are into it every night. They provide a comfort level for a coach that the room is being looked after."

Wade Redden says sometimes Hasek is a little misunderstood.

"You have to chalk it up partly to the fact he doesn't speak English very good," said Redden, who admits boastful quotes from the Finnish national team were successfully used on the chalkboard in the Canada room when he was in the world junior tournament.

"I never really believed in that stuff, stirring another team up. It can catch up to you.

"But Dom speaks his mind a lot and I think it's great to have around here. It hasn't been here in the past, and it gets everyone excited. It puts pressure on you a bit, but the confidence factor is something we have to have moving forward."

DON.BRENNAN@OTT.SUNPUB.COM


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