Sens stand behind Gerber

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

Martin Gerber finished the night sitting at the end of the Senators' bench.

But, everybody stood by him after Ottawa's 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round II of the Battle of Ontario.

While the Senators' faithful cheered loudly when it was announced backup Ray Emery would take over goaltendering chores to start the third, Gerber was given a vote of confidence as the players headed for a post-game workout.

"We didn't help him at all," said Senators centre Mike Fisher. "Nobody can blame him. We didn't give him any support offensively or defensively. We have to play better than that if we're going to have a chance to be success. We're not going to put the blame on Martin Gerber."

SOFT OPENING GOAL

Gerber, who signed to a three-year, $11.7 million contract with the Senators in the offseason, didn't look good on the opening goal by Chad Kilger.

Then agaaain, it seemed like he was going the wrong way every time Toronto scored.

Coming off an emotional 4-1 victory over the Leafs in the opener Wednesday in Toronto, Gerber didn't look sharp. He needs to communicate with his blueliners better after leaving a puck for Wade Redden and Andrej Meszaros in the second that neither picked up and it ended with Kilger scoring his second of the night.

"I thought (Meszaros) was going to pick it up and he didn't," said Gerber.

Added Murray: "Meszaros and Redden both headed for the corners."

Murray said he didn't pull Gerber after two periods because the coaching staff blamed the club's top netminder for the 5-0 deficit.

"I just thought I would get Ray Emery some playing time," said Murray.

If the Senators had any designs on starting Emery to get him a game in tomorrow night's playoff rematch against the Sabres, those plans will likely have to be thrown out the window because Gerber needs to get his confidence back.

"We know we have a lot of work to do," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "When you lose 6-0, no matter who it is against, it's not a lot of fun."


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