Sens seek second helpings

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

At times, this whole need for "secondary scoring" that coaches speak of seems overrated.

The Senators aren't getting an abundance of it this spring, yet they're doing just fine.

For now.

Ottawa has received 23 goals in 15 playoff games from the Dany Heatley-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson line, and not a lot from any of the other forward combinations.

The second line (Peter Schaefer-Mike Fisher-Mike Comrie) has delivered six goals, the same number as the third line (Chris Kelly-Antoine Vermette-Chris Neil).

And the fourth line (Christoph Schubert-Dean McAmmond-Patrick Eaves/Oleg Saprykin) has chipped in with five.

McAmmond (four) is responsible for most of the latter's contributions, and he has scored them while either killing a penalty or making a cameo appearance on another line.

The eight goals provided by defencemen have certainly helped.

As the Senators head into the Stanley Cup final, fans might be concerned that the big line could start to cool off -- thinking that Anaheim Ducks' Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Sammy Pahlsson could slow it down -- and might wonder if Ottawa's other forwards feel pressure to produce more offensively.

"I don't think we're thinking like that," said Fisher, who has scored three times. "We've got some timely goals from other guys.

''The (Spezza) line has seen some of the best checkers in the league and they've still been successful at scoring. They've been awesome.

''But we don't win just because of three players. All the guys have chipped in. We're winning for a reason. We've been a good team together."

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Schaefer, who has only one goal and is continually urged by coach Bryan Murray to shoot more, concedes this is the time to get as many pucks as possible at the opposing net.

"As you go deeper into the playoffs, goals are usually harder to come by," Schaefer said. "The time to make fancy plays isn't there. You've got to be throwing pucks at the net, through screens, and hope that it goes in or creates a chance for one of your linemates.

''All the lines, excluding the big line, have to start digging down and having some fun. If those (three) aren't scoring, a lot of guys are going to have to pick up the slack."


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