Lalime's concern: Keeping puck out of own net

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET


 Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime isn't blaming his teammates.

 Lalime could sue for lack of offensive support in the playoffs. Not only have the Senators been shut out in two straight games by the Leafs, they have been blanked 10 times in 37 games that Lalime has played.

 "I don't worry about that stuff. That's for you guys to talk about," said Lalime yesterday. "(Ed Belfour) has played well. I can't worry about that. I just have to go out there and get the job done."

 CHANGES COMING?: Don't be surprised if veteran D Curtis Leschyshyn, who has been a healthy scratch in the first three games of the series, is back in the Ottawa lineup for Game 4 tonight. Leschyshyn was taking shifts with Anton Volchenkov which means Greg de Vries could be a healthy scratch tonight. Senators coach Jacques Martin doesn't comment on changes, but de Vries has struggled since being dealt here from the Rangers.

 BELFOUR TURNS DOWN DEAL: A Rogers Sportsnet report said Belfour was offered a new contract, that included a paycut, by the Leafs before the start of the playoffs. The 39-year-old Belfour turned down the offer and is willing to test the NHL's free- agent market this summer, but he does have a clause in his contract that extends the deal for next year if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup. Not only would Belfour pick up a $1 million (all figures U.S.) bonus if Toronto wins the title, he'd also make $8 million next season.

 GET TO GOALIE: Sportsnet analyst John Garrett, a former NHL goalie, says the Senators can't afford to try and run Belfour. "What they have to do is get to the front of the net and be there for pucks they can tip in," said Garrett. "Right now, the Leaf defence is just collapsing and getting the puck out. The Senators have to find an answer soon. I know they keep saying they outplayed the Leafs, but look at Detroit last year. They felt like they outplayed Anaheim and got swept in four straight. Before you know it, you can end up out of the playoffs."


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