Playoff hi-jinx for Sens

Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson (11) plays with a puck during practice at the HSBC Arena in...

Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson (11) plays with a puck during practice at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo N.Y., on Friday May 11, 2007. (Sean Kilpatrick/Ottawa Sun)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

BUFFALO -- While history suggests the Senators will lose tonight, math and a whole lot of logic might be on their side.

How many playoff Game 2s can the Senators lose after winning Game 1?

The Senators stand at 0-8 right now, with no intention of dropping to 0-9.

Coach Bryan Murray knows the Senators can erase a significant piece of their ugly past if they can win Game 2 tonight at the HSBC Arena.

"We're all aware of the stats," said Murray yesterday. "We read them every day and it's pointed out to us every day that history really matters to you and we will try really hard to be better (tonight).

"I've learned so much about history since I came to Ottawa -- it's incredible."

The Senators, who beat the Sabres 5-2 on Thursday night, chuckle when asked about the Game 2 0-8 record, but they don't like it either.

The Senators have had two chances to break the jinx in these playoffs. The club won Game 1 against both the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils.

"We're 0-8 and we know this is a big game for us because we have the chance to put a team in a tough hole," said Senators centre Jason Spezza. "If we can get a team down 2-0 going into our rink, we're pretty confident going home and with our crowd. It would definitely mean a lot to us."

The Senators can expect the Sabres to be different ... and you can bet they've been up to their ears in their own ugly stat: The Sabres are 1-13 in a best-of-seven series when dropping Game 1. The only time Buffalo bounced back to win a series was 1999 when they beat Boston.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said he wasn't aware of Ottawa's Game 2 record, but hopes the trend continues.

"I hope it (means something)," said Ruff.

"I didn't realize it, but I hope it does. It's a seven-game series and we're confident that we can climb right back into it."


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