Gerber, baby, you're the man

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Ray Emery might want to get used to his seat at the end of the Senators bench.

He might be there a while.

Nothing is official. Perhaps, at this point, GM/coach Bryan Murray doesn't need to announce his choice. Martin Gerber has turned the corner. Now he just needs the rest of the Senators to follow.

Murray has tried to avoid getting involved in the raging goaltending controversy, but it's clear that Gerber now has a stranglehold on the job.

While the Senators picked up only three of a possible eight points during stops in Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix, Gerber gave Ottawa a chance to win every game.

"It's always good when you get great goaltending," said Murray. "All the guys want is a chance to win."

Emery's fall from grace is pretty easy to chronicle. Aside from the off-ice issues, all you need to do is look at the numbers: A 12-12-5 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

That's not good enough. Those numbers are the reason why Gerber will likely make his sixth straight start tomorrow against the Boston Bruins at home and his seventh in eight games.

As for Emery, he announced a week ago yesterday he wasn't speaking with the media after former coach John Paddock partially blamed the goalie for losing his job and claimed Emery felt remorse.

Will we see Emery again this year? Probably, because Murray has to do something to keep Emery fresh, but this is Gerber's team now. He has earned the right to be No. 1.

With the regular season winding down, the Senators are rallying around Gerber. They want an end to the goalie controversy, and want Murray to be able to stick with one guy.

The players are as tired of talking about it as fans are hearing it. The Senators didn't accomplish a lot on their road trip, but they may have put their goaltending controversy to bed.

Alfie to docs

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will see the club doctors today and could attempt to step back on the ice this morning for the first time in a week after suffering muscle spasms Monday against Anaheim. Cross-checked by Francois Beauchemin, Alfredsson missed the final three games of the club's road swing and hasn't been able to skate since. The Senators haven't ruled him out playing tomorrow against the Bruins, but it's going to depend on the progress Alfredsson has made over the course of the last couple of days. "I know that he's feeling much better and he's really come a long way," said Murray. "Does that mean he's going to play? I don't know. He's going to be back when he's capable of playing. We know that. Who knows? Maybe the rest might be good for him at this time of year." The Senators are 2-8 without Alfredsson in the lineup this season. Getting him back would go a long way in helping Alfredsson's linemates, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza, get back on track. Murray used three right wingers -- Chris Kelly, Christoph Schubert and Randy Robitaille -- on the top line during the road trip.

Off the glass

The Senators are going to spend a lot of time working on their play in their own zone. "We're playing hard. There are a couple of guys, but for the most part, our work ethic is pretty good," said Murray. "The guys are working at it defensively. But when you try to fix your defence, you don't give up as many, but you don't score as many." ... Owner Eugene Melnyk will be in town for the Bruins game. Tomorrow is the annual Barbados Night at Scotiabank Place and Melnyk -- a resident of the island -- will host the Barbados High Commission.


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