Lalime a key

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:30 PM ET


 Eddie Belfour has had all the attention, but Patrick Lalime now has just as many victories.

 And that's all that matters to the Senators goalie, a guy who many viewed as the team's biggest question mark entering the playoffs.

 "I just want to give my team a chance to win every night," Lalime said, referring to his favourite quote after stopping 23-of-24 shots in Ottawa's 4-1 series-evener at the Corel Centre last night. "The pressure is always there. I can't worry about (what Belfour is doing). You've got to stay focused on your own job."

 Lalime's biggest save came early in the third period, when he stoned Mats Sundin on a breakaway with the Senators leading 3-1.

 "I was surprised it wasn't called as a two-line pass," he said of the breakaway, echoing the words of many an observer. "He came in by himself, on an angle, and I just tried to make sure not to give him the short side."

 As for the Gary Roberts deflection that beat him for Toronto's only goal, Lalime shrugged.

 "The shot (from the point, off Sundin's stick) was coming right into my belly," he said. "It was a pretty good tip. There's nothing you can do about those"

 The Sens have faith in Lalime, through thick and thin.

 "If you look at Patty's playoff record and his goals- against, it's just tremendous," said Curtis Leschyshyn. "That shows what kind of competitor he is."


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