Melnyk thrilled Sens have forced a Game 7 vs. Leafs

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET


 Eugene Melnyk couldn't contain his excitement last night at the Corel Centre.

 Not only was the Senators owner shown dancing on the Corel Centre scoreboard video during stoppages in play, he was in the Senators' gym after their double OT win congratulating the boys on their effort.

 And, Melnyk, who is getting his first taste of playoff experience, remains confident the Senators can march into the Air Canada Centre tomorrow and score a win in Game 7 of the Battle of Ontario over the Leafs.

 "Nobody should ever question the character of this team," said Melnyk. "We've got lots of character. We've got lots of people who are willing to go out there and get the job done.

 "I'm confident that we can go in there and win this series. I really enjoyed this win and I know we've got the people here who can make it happen for us in Game 7. We know we've got one of the top teams in the league."

 Melnyk said he supported the decision by Senators GM John Muckler to appeal to the players' sense of pride with a pointed speech Saturday following Friday's discouraging 2-0 loss in Game 5 in Toronto.

 "To come out and play the way they did says a lot about this team," said Melnyk. "I know John Muckler spoke to them (Saturday) and I thought everything he told those players was appropriate. He felt it needed to be said.

 "(Muckler) has got the experience. He has been through this before and he knows what it takes for a team to be successful. I'm confident we'll get through this round and then I'll be happy to go to Tampa Bay or Philadelphia for Round 2. It doesn't matter to me. This is a lot of fun."


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