Sens' snipers firing blanks

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET


 For a couple of people who know a thing or two about putting the puck in the net, Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Bondra haven't done much other than let themselves and their teammates down.

 Alfredsson has not scored a goal in his past 10 playoff games while Bondra, whose acquisition from the Washington Capitals was supposed to inject a bigger punch into the Senators offensive scheme, has been stuck in a rut.

 Bondra has no goals for the Senators in the Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Maple Leafs after scoring just five in 23 games after the trade in February.

 Senators fans would love for Alfredsson to do something to show there still is life in his stick.

 He has had eight shots on goal in the past two games, both shutouts by Ed Belfour.

 Alfredsson didn't exactly offer up a rallying cry yesterday in Ottawa after practice when he was asked if it is incumbent upon him to step up and make an impact on the series.

 32 GOALS

 "I think everybody is going to have to step it up," said Alfredsson, who was second on the club with 32 goals during the season.

 "I think the worst thing for myself would be to try to force things. It's a team game and you can't try to do it all yourself.

 "It's not like I am not trying. We're having good chances and that's the key. I am not going to try to do more than I should."

 With Belfour performing spectacularly during the past two games, it's not hard to pick two players out of the Ottawa lineup and say they have been struggling.

 Other big shots such as Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat and Jason Spezza (although he has played just one game) haven't been lighting the lamp either. But Bondra, whose sniping abilities usually aren't questioned, has been barely noticeable. Bondra was about as fiery as Alfredsson in addressing his play.

 "I try to work hard and the goals are not there," Bondra said. "Maybe they will come, and maybe they will come at the right time, I hope. Sometimes when you think about it too much, you are not going to help yourself. You have to relax and trust your instincts."


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