TAMPA -- Senators coach Bryan Murray came to the defence of his players yesterday.
Murray didn't like CBC's feisty Don Cherry calling his players' character into question during his segment of Coach's Corner Tuesday.
Cherry claimed that winger Chris Neil "turtled" when he was jumped by Chris Dingman in the third period.
"Neil pulled a Tommy Turtle. There is no honour in that," said Cherry, who claimed mistakenly that Neil had challenged Dingman to a fight before the incident.
"He gets the last word on Saturday nights," said Neil.
Cherry also fired shots at defenceman Zdeno Chara for his bout with Vinny Lecavalier.
"I don't like people calling the character of our players into question," said Murray.
Meanwhile, the Lightning vow they won't go down without a fight.
Lightning coach John Tortorella announced this morning that John Grahame, who gave up five goals on 20 shots in Game 2 Thursday, will make the start tonight vs. the Senators.
The Bolts need a victory tonight against the Senators or they face the daunting task of trying to come back from a 3-1 deficit in this series.
"We'll be ready to play," said Tortorella.
Upset with Chris Dingman's decision to jump Senators winger Chris Neil in the third period of the 8-4 loss Tuesday, Tortorella announced that Dingman will not play.
"I'm disappointed, but I hope the team wins," said Dingman.
The Senators will insert defenceman Brian Pothier in the lineup and Christoph Schubert is going to likely be the odd man out.
Centre Tyler Arnason, a healthy scratch for the last five games, will return to the lineup if the club determines Chris Kelly's lower body injury doesn't allow him to play.
There was concern centre Mike Fisher, who took a puck near the eye Tuesday, may not be ready to play. He is going to wear a visor and his vision is good enough for him to be in the lineup.
For full coverage of tonight's game, read Friday's Sun.