Murray feels past over

Senators coach Brian Murray doesn't like all the talk about Ottawa's playoff past. (Sun File/Sean...

Senators coach Brian Murray doesn't like all the talk about Ottawa's playoff past. (Sun File/Sean Kilpatrick)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Senators coach Bryan Murray won't dwell on history.

In fact, he hates all the talk about Ottawa's dismal playoff history.

As the Senators, holding a 2-1 series lead, got ready to face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Game 4 at Mellon Arena, Murray told the media to forget about what's happened here in the past.

"I know there's lots of commentary about the history, but this is a very different hockey team than I had last year, very different," said Murray, who held an optional workout yesterday.

"We play different, we work different, we handle things better and we've talked about it at length. Especially, early in the year (when there was adversity).

"We paid a little price, at that time, but we're past that. The history lesson has been well learned, I hope.

"We're just going to be calm and play."

If the Senators can cap off a sweep of both games in Steeltown, they'll have plenty to be excited about returning home for Game 5 Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

"You go through a playoff series and every time you have a new game in front of you, it's the most important game," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. "There's no question to bring home a 3-1 lead is very important.

"These guys are a talented group and you just want to try to take that life out of them."

So, how do the Senators do that in a series that has had its share of ebbs and flows?

"There doesn't seem to be (a lot of momentum) in this series," said Phillips. "It's about going out and doing all the good things we've done in this series. We have to continue to do that. We've had lapses. They've got some great players and they're going to get chances. We just can't let them generate momentum in a game when they're coming at us in waves."

The Senators' concern is they probably haven't seen the Penguins' A game in the first three games of the series.

"Well, it matters what (the Penguins) do. They're still a good team," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We've been able to do a good job of limiting their chances. But if you give them too much room, you're going to be digging the puck out of your net a lot of times."

Sidney Crosby said he and the rest of the Penguins -- including Evgeni Malkin, Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts -- have to be ready to compete from the drop of the puck.

"We still have to play a 60-minute game and see where that puts us," said Crosby. "We have to prove that to ourselves. We're only down one game. We win, it's all evened up and it's a new series. That's our focus.

"We've had lapses. You have lapses during the regular season as well. Unfortunately, when we've had those lapses, the puck has ended up in our net."


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