Devil's speak a waste

Senators goalie Ray Emery looks at the puck in the air after a shot from the Devils on Wednesday....

Senators goalie Ray Emery looks at the puck in the air after a shot from the Devils on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

There's a smell coming out of The Swamp in New Jersey.

It's a whiff of desperation.

The New Jersey Devils, faced with elimination tomorrow night in their Eastern Conference semi-final against the Senators, are pulling out all the stops to try and get into the head of Senators goaltender Ray Emery.

But Emery's teammates said nothing, not even future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur criticizing Emery's play after Game 4, is going to throw the 24-year-old goaltender off his game.

"I don't think anybody can get into Razor's head," said Senators centre Jason Spezza. "I don't think he can get into his own head. Nothing fazes him."

Emery wasn't at the rink yesterday as most of the players had the day off, but his teammates were quick to see Brodeur's comments for what they are, some playoff gamesmanship.

"I think we finally proved to ourselves if we shoot the puck on Emery, he won't look too good," said Brodeur, after he himself had a shaky night in the Senators' 3-2 win to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"He was bobbling a lot of pucks and we could have got a lot more than we did. He played a good game, but I think we exposed him a little with his rebound control.

"Now we're going to have to try and find a way to beat him."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said yesterday Brodeur is trying to keep the heat off himself after allowing a couple of soft goals to Dany Heatley and Mike Fisher.

Just some head games on Brodeur's part?

"He might not say so," said Alfredsson, "but it is."

"It's kind of expected, I think," added Alfredsson.

"They're on the ropes and they've got to try whatever they can. It's more deflecting the attention away from him. But I'm sure he's going to get the attention, anyway. He's been around long enough. He knows what to say at the right time. I've been around long enough not to fall for it, either."

Alfredsson said he doesn't see a need to talk to Emery about Brodeur's comments.

"No. He knows. Ray is the coolest guy. He knows what he has to do. That's one of the good things about him, too," said Alfredsson.

"He doesn't get bothered too much if he has a bad game or a bad goal. He doesn't worry about what's written about him. He just goes about his business."

Senators coach Bryan Murray also shook off Brodeur's comments.

"You do everything you can do, you say everything you can to set the stage for the next game," said Murray. "We understand that. You're trying to discourage the other team and encourage your team. I hope they keep doing what they're doing.

"I don't know that Ray needs an awful lot of motivation. I think he's very confident in his ability now, his poise. I think he just gets better. As you get later in the series there's lots of pressure to do a good job and he just seems to do a good job."

The Senators will practise at Scotiabank place this morning before heading to New Jersey this afternoon.

They will have a chance to eliminate the Devils tomorrow night and finish off their second straight series in five games. The Senators eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in five in the opening round.

"We have to try and put the nail in the coffin," said Spezza.


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