Corvo: 'We're better'

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Senators defenceman Joe Corvo is a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve.

Heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-final tonight at Scotiabank Place against the Devils -- tied 1-1 -- Corvo is wearing the word confident.

"We looked at it like (winning) the second game would be a bonus. We put ourselves in a position to get it and we didn't," said Corvo, who turned the puck over on Jamie Langenbrunner's winning goal early in the second overtime in the Devils' 3-2 win Saturday night to even the series.

"Then again, the two games (in New Jersey), I think, kind of showed we can pull out the series. I think it showed that when we want to be we're a harder team to play and, I think, a better team."

The Senators were outplayed, outshot (16-5) and outscored in the first period Saturday, but battled back from that point on to outshoot the Devils 40-17.

They showed some grit getting a goal from Dany Heatley with 27 seconds left in the third period to send it into overtime.

OPTIONAL WORKOUT

There are some things to build on there, they said yesterday after an optional workout.

"I thought the second and third period and the first overtime we took the play to them mostly. We feel confident in here that we can come back after that game and play well," said Heatley.

"We don't feel like (losing in overtime) is a huge momentum thing. (Tonight's) a new game and we have a great opportunity here, two games at home in front of our own fans. We'd love to get two done here."

Senators coach Bryan Murray would like to see his team play more disciplined tonight and stay away from taking five penalties like it did in the first period Saturday night.

The Senators took only three penalties in Game 1.

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who received a lot of criticism after giving up five goals to the glove side in Game 1, outplayed Senators goalie Ray Emery in Game 2.

Emery was beaten again on a bad-angle shot that went between his arm and body on the Devils' first goal by Brian Gionta and didn't look well-positioned on Sergei Brylin's controversial goal with .2 of a second left in the first period.

"The bottom line is Brodeur played real well and we didn't finish on a couple of chances we had that were probably good scoring chances," said Murray.

"Effort-wise, attitude-wise, I thought we were real good.

"I think we left the building feeling we can play well with this team."

As the Devils rolled into Scotiabank Place late yesterday afternoon for meeting, they were still relishing the fact they are not in a 2-zip hole.

"No question, especially against a team of their calibre," said Devils forward Scott Gomez. "It's not looking too good for us if we're coming into this building down by two. We're glad that Jamie put it away and we're just happy to be here 1-1, for sure. I don't think too many teams are going to feel very confident being down 0-2 against this team."


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