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TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET


 SENS NOT JUMPING THE GUN YET

 The idea the Maple Leafs might not have Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk for Game 5 brought different reactions from members of the Ottawa Senators.

 "They are probably their two best players," forward Mike Fisher said.

 "It really would hurt them offensively and we'll see if they will be ready for Game 5."

 Defenceman Greg de Vries had no interest in falling into the trap of believing the Leafs would be overly hurt without Sundin and Nieuwendyk.

 "Those are two big players, but Toronto has historically had guys step up in the playoffs," de Vries said.

 "They have guys who are hurt and others have played well for them."

 Defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn, a healthy scratch for the first three games of the series, concurred.

 "A guy like Ron Francis would probably end up picking up some slack and Gary Roberts is always very effective, so it's still going to be difficult," Leschyshyn said.

 MARTIN WEIGHS IN

 Coach Jacques Martin was asked about having an opportunity to win two of the next three games, hence the series.

 "I like our chances," Martin said. "But it's one game at time. We have a good frame of mind."

 SENS SHORTS

 Forward Jason Spezza played the past two games after being a healthy scratch for Games 1 and 2, but he is not being given much of a chance to be effective. Spezza had five minutes, 42 seconds of ice time last night at even-strength. That was the lowest total of any player in the game ... Leschyshyn replaced young Anton Volchenkov, who was not a major factor when he played. Leschyshyn and de Vries were paired last night, and they are the only Senators who to have won Stanley Cup rings.

 SENATORS INJURIES

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