Senators seek balance

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Senators coach Bryan Murray knows it's a fine line.

He wants his players to focus and work hard this week in preparation for the club's first Stanley Cup final, of course, but not to the point of losing perspective.

He wants them to take a deep breath of the air few players get to breath at this time of year.

"That was my point with the (Prince of Wales) Trophy," Murray said of the stately silver trophy the Senators won for eliminating the Buffalo Sabres and winning the Eastern Conference title on Saturday.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson accepted the trophy from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, but left it on the table at centre ice at the HSBC Arena.

Then defenceman Wade Redden picked it up and carried it to the bench, and forward Mike Fisher carried it into the dressing room.

"Nobody was going to touch the trophy. You've got to enjoy the moment," said Murray, who is making his first trip to the final.

Senators vice-president of communications Phil Legault unpacked the Prince of Wales Trophy so Murray, who was late returning to the dressing room Saturday, could have his picture taken with it.

"This is a great game and a great business, but a tough business. Only one team is going to win, so when you do win, you've got to enjoy it," said Murray. "That was my point to Wade. Pick the damn trophy up, take it into the room, touch it, get your picture taken with it.

''It doesn't happen a lot of times in your career. I think enjoying this week is important, as well."

Murray was asked about his players being caught "in the eye of the hurricane," as the city has finally allowed itself to be swept up by the Stanley Cup buzz.

"You can't be part of the hurricane," said Murray. "We've got to be separate. There's another real objective to get to here.

"They can't be out all night and they can't be entertaining the media all day long. Other than that, they just have to do what they normally do. Be at home, live the normal life.

"Come to the arena, prepare themselves, have a real focus going forward, but also take advantage of this week to step back a little bit and have a few moments in the day to relax and enjoy the fact that they're going there."


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