Sens ruthlessly efficient

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

OTTAWA -- We don't know because we are not privy to what goes on in there, what is said or who says it, so we'll take Jason Spezza's word for it.

"The story is if you could be in the (dressing) room during the intermissions ... we're calm," said the Senators centre of the way this Senators team is handling whatever the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey gods, Daniel Briere or Ray Emery throw their way.

These new, ruthlessly efficient and uncharacteristically unflappable Senators are in a position to push the Sabres to the edge of the black pit with a win tonight at the Scotiabank Place. The Senators are up 2-0 after sweeping the front end of the Eastern Conference final in Buffalo.

The Senators got here by overcoming a 2-0 first-period deficit and a goal by Briere with 5.8 seconds left in regulation time in Game 2 to force overtime.

They got here after listening to defenceman Wade Redden, a typically reserved sort, who apparently gave his teammates an undressing in the dressing room before the first overtime.

Okay, so maybe they're not completely calm, at least not all the time.

Even Senators coach Bryan Murray, who scorched the walls with one particularly fiery speech in the first round, was impressed.

"Wade and a couple of the other guys were the most outspoken," he said. "I know I was upset. But halfway through the intermission they were all focused again."

Focus.

Composure.

The Senators seem to have them.

It also doesn't hurt to have the best line in hockey right now as Spezza and linemates Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley led the way back after being on the ice for the Sabres first two goals in Game 2.

Spezza (17 points), Heatley (17) and Alfredsson (14) were 1-2-3 in the playoff scoring race going into last night, having totalled 48 points in the 12 playoff games.

Alfredsson, who just might be the leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player, scored before the first period ended to make it 2-1. He has been a physical force, too, knocking Sabres defenceman Henrik Tallinder out of the game for a few minutes with a controversial hit.

Spezza had three assists, including defenceman Joe Corvo's winner five minutes into the second overtime.

The Spezza line has found ways to keep getting its points and helping the Senators win games and there is the sense that when the Senators need a big goal -- something in previous years they never seemed to get -- they now have the guys who can do it.

"We weren't worried, even when we were down 2-1 and they had a great first," Spezza said.

"We weren't worried. We were confident in each other because everybody is doing their job. We're rolling over four lines and everybody is trusting each other. That's why we're winning. Our line was on for two goals and we weren't happy about it."

The Spezza line has outplayed Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Madden of the New Jersey Devils and has the better through two games of the matchup against Buffalo's Chris Drury.

After losing one draw in the second overtime to Drury, Spezza made an adjustment and won the second back to Corvo for the winning goal.

The Sabres, the best team in the NHL this season, are far from done in this series.

They continue to show their remarkable ability to stage incredible, last-minute comebacks .

The fact the Senators are up 2-0 is impressive enough; the way they did it is a source of even greater satisfaction heading into Game 3 tonight.


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