Melnyk: 'We're gonna kill 'em'

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET


 TORONTO -- Them's fightin' words.

 If the Toronto Maple Leafs needed some ammunition on their bulletin board, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk may have provided it following Sunday night's dramatic 2-1 win in double overtime.

 "We're gonna kill 'em," Melnyk was quoted as saying by a Toronto newspaper yesterday.

 While the Leafs might try to use the quote as inspiration for tonight's big Game 7 of the Battle of Ontario at the Air Canada Centre, the Senators aren't making any more bold predictions.

 Following Game 5, captain Daniel Alfredsson guaranteed the Senators would win this series. As for Melynk's tough talk, well ... the Senators are sticking by their owner.

 'SIGNS THE CHEQUES'

 "He signs the cheques and he can say whatever he wants," said defenceman Chris Phillips. "We focus on what we have to do and he's just got confidence in the guys in this room.

 "If everybody if pulls their weight, I'm confident we can get the job done, but I'm not going to give you a quote like (Melnyk). He's a big fan. Other than signing the cheques, he's just like anybody else in the stands. You saw him on scoreboard: He's up there waving the towels just like everybody else. He's excited about the opportunity to win the Cup."

 Senators coach Jacques Martin didn't sound thrilled with the idea and wasn't going to bite on the question.

 "He's the owner and I can't control what he says," said Martin. "My job is to coach the team."


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