Big three shoots blanks

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

There's a line of thinking that says the Senators will go as far as their big line takes them.

Last night, some substance was added to the belief.

For the first time in the playoffs, Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson went an entire game without scoring a single point.

Subsequently, the Senators fell 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place.

"We had tons of chances, but we couldn't put the puck in the net," said Spezza. "We're still confident where we're at. We just have to put the puck in the net when we get the chances."

Alfredsson, who leads all playoff scorers with nine goals and was riding a five-game goal-scoring streak, didn't even register a shot on goal.

Heatley and Spezza had just two shots each, while Spezza was down for three missed shots.

'GET BETTER'

"We're going to practise, prepare, and look at what we have to do to adjust," he said when asked what the Senators will have to before Game 5 in Buffalo on Saturday. "We're going to have to try and get better."

Improving their finishing touch on power plays will be a start.

The Senators were 0-for-5 with the man advantage, including back-to-back penalties to Toni Lydman and Brian Campbell. They now haven't scored a power-play goal in 12 chances over the last two games.

"We showed a lot of character scoring those two big goals," Heatley said of late second-period efforts by Dean McAmmond and Peter Schaefer. "We had a good feeling...we thought we'd tie it up.

"We did a good job of getting our chances (on the power play), but we couldn't find a way to put it in."

The Senators are confident they won't dilly dally in getting things back together.

"We're going to regroup, we're feeling fine about our game," said Mike Fisher. "We know what we're capable of. We're going to have a good game Saturday. We're one win away and we know what's at stake. We're not concerned."


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