2-0 lead? No problem!

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson follows through on a shot during practice Thursday morning. (Sun...

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson follows through on a shot during practice Thursday morning. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

Informed yesterday that the Senators have never held a 2-0 lead in a playoff series, captain Daniel Alfredsson wasn't the least bit concerned.

"Thanks for telling me," said Alfredsson half-heartedly.

After scoring a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their playoff series Wednesday at Scotiabank Place, the Senators had good reason to smile after a relaxed 45-minute skate.

The Senators will boldly try to go where they've never gone before (with an 0-6 Game 2 record after winning the opening game) by securing a victory tomorrow.

"Look, there are so many stats, you can't look at what happened and make anything you want: If (Chris Neil) has a good warmup, we're going to win and if (Mike Fisher) scores we're going to win," said Alfredsson. "You've got to throw all those things out. We've just got to go out, get ready for the game and give everything we have to win."

Tomorrow could be a defining moment for the Senators in this series and they know it. The Senators' victory was impressive because they controlled the play from start to finish, stymied superstar Sidney Crosby and left goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury reeling.

The Senators know that any nerves Crosby and Co. had going into Game 1 will have disappeared and they expect it'll be a different Penguins team on the ice tomorrow.

SETTLING DOWN

"They're going to come out hard, there's no question about it," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. "They've got a lot of guys, it was their first playoff game. Maybe they were caught up in more stuff off the ice and we expect that to settle down a bit. We expect them to be at their best."

That's what the Penguins promised following a spirited workout yesterday. Near the end of Wednesday's game, there was a CBC camera shot of veterans Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi listening to Crosby.

"He was lecturing me," said Roberts, smiling. "It was no big deal. Whether you lose in overtime or lose 6-3, it's a loss and we've got to put it behind us and just get ready for the next game.

"I thought Recchi made a good point today. He was saying they lost two straight last year (in Carolina) and still went on to win the Stanley Cup. It's a seven-game series. We know we didn't have our best and we know we have to play better as a team. We feel we can bounce back."

The Senators will look to come out with guns blazing.

"That's what we have to do," said Fisher. "Set the tone early at home.

"I thought we skated well, played physical and definitely got on them and didn't leave anything to chance. That's what we wanted to do. We've got to do that (tomorrow) as well. We've got to come out strong."


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