Murray hands it to Emery

Senators goalie Ray Emery keeps his eye on the puck during practice yesterday at the Scotiabank...

Senators goalie Ray Emery keeps his eye on the puck during practice yesterday at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. (Sun Media/Sean Kilpatrick)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Ray Emery made it through practice yesterday without smashing his stick.

So while Emery left without speaking to the media following the workout, Bryan Murray said there's nothing wrong with his No. 1 goalie. The Senators coach said the incident at practice on Monday with Emery smashing his stick after taking a shot to his glove hand had been blown out of proportion.

Murray said he gave Emery the option of taking yesterday off or having Kelly Guard replace him midway through the workout.

When it was a suggested that Senators were trying steer their shots away from Emery's glove hand, Murray said he didn't notice it.

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"He didn't break his stick and he made it through practice and that's all I can tell you," said Murray. "I don't think there's anything wrong with him at all. He got a shot (Monday) that stung him a little bit and I just said, 'Get the hell off the ice.' "

Meanwhile, by the time the puck is dropped in New Jersey tomorrow night for Game 1 of their second-round series, it will have been a week since the Senators eliminated the Penguins from the playoffs.

"I wish we were playing (last night)," said Murray. "The guys are tired of me. I think they're ready to play, but we have no choice. A couple of days was good, but you can see at practice that these guys are antsy to start playing."

The players talked about trying to maintain their focus.

"We'd like to get going. A week off is quite a bit. In the playoffs, you want to ride the wave a bit," said Ottawa centre Mike Fisher. "At the same time, we've gotten a little bit of rest and the ability to work on some things."

Senators GM John Muckler said Ottawa needs to continue improving as the post-season goes on.

"We have to be ourselves and play the way we played in the Pittsburgh series. We showed a lot of enthusiasm, desire and commitment," said Senators GM John Muckler. "It's going to be tougher in this series because better teams advance.

"(The Devils are) a good team and they're not going to change. They're going to play the way they've played for the last 15 or 20 years. Our team shouldn't worry too much about the opponent. We just have to make sure we get better at what we're trying to do."


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