No time to get frustrated

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

It was a beaten-up Senators team that was given a heroes' welcome last night at Macdonald-Cartier Airport.

Beaten on the scoreboard ... and pounded physically.

And that's got to change -- soon.

More than 500 fans greeted the Senators, who will try and bounce back from a 2-0 series deficit with Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks here tomorrow.

If the Senators are going to be successful, they'll need to get more physical with the Ducks.

So far, Ottawa is taking a pounding. One of the most crowded places in the Senators' dressing room after Wednesday's 1-0 loss was the training room.

"We can't get frustrated," said centre Mike Fisher. "We have to keep battling. A lot of it comes down to will and determination. We've got to keep playing physical and we've got to keep pressing them.

"We've got to use our speed because it seems like we're chasing them a lot. We're disappointed, but that's a good team we're playing. They played well in their building. Hopefully, we can do the same."

The most alarming factor about the club's first two losses is the play of the top line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and captain Daniel Alfredsson. Not only have they struggled offensively, they have been on the ice for both winning goals by Anaheim's Samuel Pahlsson.

BREAKING UP BIG LINE?

There is a chance the trio could be broken up tomorrow. Murray tried it at different times during Game 2, but nothing was working and the club was only able to come up with 16 shots on goaltender J.S. Giguere.

"We're counting on a couple of guys to be big-time players for us," said Murray. "They played better (in Game 2), but they didn't create much in the way of offence. I'm hoping (getting home), we can do a little juggling and it will come.

"But, yeah, I'm concerned. They have to help us win games on the road as well as home."

Spezza said he knows the trio will have to improve in Game 3.

"Obviously, we're the top line on this team and we've been scoring up to this point," said Spezza.

"It's not from a lack of effort. We're trying to make things happen. We know we can be better."

SIT AND STUDY

The Senators are fortunate they have a couple of days to sit back and study what has gone wrong against the Ducks. The coaching staff will likely make a video presentation today to try to stop frustration from setting in.

"I'm not going to take anything away from their side because they're executing and they're doing what they want to do," said defenceman Chris Phillips.

"But we have to do a better job handling the pressure. We can't (come back) our heads hung low.

"We'd be saying different things if we had played the first two games at home and we were down 2-0. They used their home ice and now we have to go use ours."

While the odds are stacked against them, the Senators say they can still win the series.

"We've just got to try to get momentum back," said Fisher. "We always play well at home."

They really don't have much choice this time.


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