Senators' goal is to keep scoring on Belfour

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:35 PM ET


 TORONTO -- Now that they've snapped Eddie Belfour back into consciousness, the Senators' challenge is to keep their offence rolling.

 Last time they put four goals past the Maple Leafs 'tender, he shut them down the next two games. If that happens again, Ottawa's season will be over.

 "Like my dad used to say when he'd buy you some dill pickles, the first pickle out of the jar is always difficult to get out, then the rest come easy," Senators GM John Muckler said yesterday, not purposely trying to sound like a member of the Gump family theorizing on life and a box of chocolates. "Wherever my dad is, I hope he's right."

 Just as he hopes Patrick Lalime keeps going the way he is now at the other end of the ice.

 After all 16 teams had played four playoff games, Lalime's 1.76 was the fifth-best goals-against average.

 The Senators' defensive play has also been strong, as they have allowed just 84 shots on goal -- an average of 21 per game -- which was the fewest of any team.

 "We're going to make sure when we take chances, it's a good time (to do so)," said Lalime of the team's mindset.

 "Just work hard, all around, and make sure they don't get a second or third whack at it."

 Lalime said the fact Toronto has regained home-ice advantage in what has now become a best-of-three series should not be a factor.

 "A game is a game, every game is different," he said of returning to the Air Canada Centre. "We know we won there in the past. It's a good thing."


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