Alfie: 'We still believe'

Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson takes the puck away from Buffalo Sabres' Mike Grier in the...

Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson takes the puck away from Buffalo Sabres' Mike Grier in the second period at Scotiabank Place on Monday night. (Ottawa Sun/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Forget last night's 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, Daniel Alfredsson says Ottawa fans haven't seen the last of the Senators.

A Scotiabank Place crowd of 19,816 watched the Senators fall behind their best-of-seven series 2-0 -- Ottawa's eighth straight playoff loss to Buffalo.

But Alfredsson, the Senators' captain, has high hopes for Games 3 and 4 tomorrow and Thursday in Buffalo.

"They (the fans) have gotta believe. We still believe," said Alfredsson. "If we stop believing, then we're definitely done.

"We are in tough, there's no question, but we know that we can play good on the road and we know we can win games."

The Senators, who were stonewalled by Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller's 43 stops, are going to have to accomplish a feat they've never done before in four playoff attempts -- bounce back from a 2-0 series deficit.

Finding an explanation for last night's loss was tough. Chris Phillips' second-period goal pulled Ottawa within a goal, but Miller saved the day. Jason Spezza was robbed on a breakaway in the dying minutes.

"Losses are dreadful anytime ... in particular in the playoffs at home," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "The players know we have to go down there and play two good road games. We have to go into their building and win a hockey game so that we can be back here for Game 5. I'm confident we can do that."

It looked like Peter Schaefer set the tone early when he knocked Tim Connolly senseless with a forearm shiver just 58 seconds into the first.

But it was the Sabres who delivered the knockout punch, with plenty of hard work.

"We know we have to be good ... we have to be very good," said Miller, who believed Spezza's backhander hit his pad. "They're going to come hard. They've got a good hockey team and we know this series isn't over."

Defensive gaffes and goaltending are killing the Senators. Wade Redden got caught pinching on J.P. Dumont's opening goal at 3:33 of the second. Then, Phillips handed the puck to Jochen Hecht at 6:00 to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead.

"We made mistakes that turned out to be costly and we know that we have to play better even though we did a lot of good things," said Redden.

Nobody was blaming Senators goalie Ray Emery, but he faced only 17 shots and the club needed him to come up with a big stop -- especially on Hecht's breakaway.

"We didn't win and now we face a tough situation," said Emery. "We just have to go down there and find a way to win."

If you're looking to point fingers, the team's "stars" seem like a logical place to look.

"We've got to score more than one goal," said winger Martin Havlat. "We know what we have to do. We're down 2-0. We have to go down there and win. We haven't left ourselves with any other choice."

Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov left the game 5:11 into the third period after a huge collision with Buffalo's Paul Gaustad.

Alfredsson moved back to the top line with Spezza and Dany Heatley late in the game, but it wasn't enough.


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