Stunned Sens say they won't give up

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

BUFFALO -- Bryan Smolinski wasn't happy with the question, but it's the one everybody is asking today.

The Senators forward was asked in the aftermath of last night's 3-2 OT defeat to the Sabres if Ottawa can come back from a 3-0 deficit starting with a victory tonight in Game 4.

"What kind of question is that? That's a stupid question," said Smolinski. "Of course we can. We've got a lot of character in this room. We're not going to give up. We're going to work as hard as we can to try get back into this and we're just going to take it one game at a time."

The reality is the Senators don't have any other choice because they've dug themselves such a deep hole by not being able to score much on Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, who made 26 saves in last night's victory.

"Would I like my forwards to the drive to the net harder? Sure, you always want that," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I don't know how many times I've said it, but you need your top players to be your top players. What you hope is that one of them can step up and make a difference to help us win a game."

The Senators are scheduled to play Game 5 on Saturday at Scotiabank Place, but there are no guarantees that's going to happen. The players swear they're not just going to roll over and die even if the odds are stacked against them.

"We should be down 2-1 or even up 3-0 in this series," said Smolinski. "It's hard to believe that we're in the position that we're in right now.

"We get a goal or two here or there, or a break or two and this is a different series. We just have to keep working."

But the Sabres are hungry.

"Our goal wasn't just to make the playoffs," said Buffalo winger J.P. Dumont, who scored the winner. "We want to go all the way."


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