Senators hoping to produce a fans-tastic finish

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

The Senators have no plans to spoil the party tonight at Scotiabank Place.

Poised to advance to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in modern team history, the Senators want to celebrate with their faithful fans by beating the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.

"It would be great to give them a celebration like that and do it here," Senators defenceman Chris Phillips said yesterday. "It's not going to be easy. We have our work cut out for us. They have their backs against the wall and they're going to push back hard. We don't want to try to give them any life in the series because they're that good a team.

"It certainly would be nice for everybody, and the fans, to enjoy it all together."

Captain Daniel Alfredsson said the support the club has received in the playoffs has been outstanding.

"They've brought their 'A-game' this year as well," Alfredsson said of the fans. "They've been the big reason why we've had a good home record in the playoffs.

''They've definitely shown their support, and there's no question this has been a great hockey community since I've been here and we've had some real tough playoff disappointments."

That's why the Senators want to close out the Sabres tonight. They also want to avoid another trip to Buffalo for a Game 5 at a noisy HSBC Arena.

"It'd be nice to get it done here,'' centre Jason Spezza said, ''because they'll be coming out hard and we don't want to give them another game back in their rink.''


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