It's time to win one for Wade

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Try to win for Wade. If the Senators want to do something for teammate Wade Redden and his family, who lost mom Pat to cancer Saturday, dedicating their effort in their honour would be a fine tribute.

Not that the Senators wouldn't be trying to win, anyway. They'd better be, particularly at this time of year.

Nothing is guaranteed in life or hockey -- the Senators have learned that this year -- but the Senators should do no less than dedicate their game to the Redden family at this time.Their teammate has been through a gut-wrenching few months that only a person who has been through a similar experience can understand.

It's been a rough year for the Senators. Winger Chris Neil lost his mom this year in a car accident in November, so helping a teammate through a personal tragedy has happened too often for this group of young men.

The Redden family decided Wade should be back with his team, a remarkable decision in the context of the situation.

Redden will be shoulder to shoulder with his teammates tonight despite his grief.

Here's betting the Senators turn out their first 60-minute effort of the series.

HEAR AND THERE: If forward Chris Kelly can't play tonight, I would move Christoph Schubert up front. Tyler Arnason, a bust since coming here at the trade deadline, took Kelly's roster spot yesterday at practice. Schubert has given the club energy and physical play when he's played up front this year. Arnason hasn't given them anything. In fact, given the way Arnason has played so far, I'd dress Steve Martins or Denis Hamel before him.

JUST WONDERING: When will D Zdeno Chara start asserting himself physically? Little Martin St. Louis has had the edge in their battles so far ... How much of a difference will Redden make for the Senators? I say a lot given how nervous Anton Volchenkov and Andrej Meszaros looked handling the puck. Redden takes a lot of the pressure off the youngsters.

SPECULATIONS: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson took his share of heat for going shotless in Game 2 so maybe the time has come for him to start a game with Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. It's worked in the past, right?

REVELATIONS: It is the unwritten rule of the playoffs: Losers adjust. The Senators are the losers right now, so adjustments have been made for tonight's Game 3. Senators coach Bryan Murray spent a lot of time in practice yesterday working on gap control, the distance between the forwards and defence. It was too big in Game 2, allowing the Lightning to hit the Ottawa zone with speed and forcing the Senators defence to back off. "It was like a pond hockey game through the neutral zone," said Murray.

THINGS YOU THOUGH YOU WOULD NEVER SEE: Like we said, adjustments are the thing in playoff hockey. The Edmonton Oilers made them after losing to Detroit in Game 1 of their series and won Game 2. "The Oilers playing the trap," said Senators GM and former Oilers coach John Muckler yesterday, "I never thought I'd see that."


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