Alfie: Sens can play better

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

TAMPA -- Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has news for the Lightning: Ottawa hasn't been at its best.

"I think we're going in the right direction, but we're not there yet," said Alfredsson. "As a team, I think we've played well in certain spots, but I think we can play with more consistency. We know that we can get there."

The Senators face the difficult task of trying to win at the St. Petes Times Forum. "We are a bunch of battlers," said Lighting winger Martin St. Louis, who had two goals in Game 2. "When people don't believe in us, we push even harder."

STAYING TOGETHER: The Lightning had a 4:30 p.m. practice yesterday at the Forum and then returned to Tampa Marriott Waterside for a team dinner. Then the players checked into the hotel for the night and they will remain there until before the game tonight. Coach John Tortorella allows the players to return home, but they have to check back into the hotel tomorrow in advance of Game 4. Ottawa coach Bryan Murray has given the Senators players the option of checking into a hotel the night before home games.

HASEK TRAVELS: Senators G Dominik Hasek (adductor muscle) hasn't been on the ice for three days, but he did accompany the club to Tampa. He was in the gym yesterday.


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