A winning formula

SUN STAFF

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CURTIS LESCHYSHYN

Played 200 games with Senators from 2000-04

"You have to try to build on what's made you successful during the regular season and what won you three rounds in the playoffs. You look at the situation that they're in right now and you can't get too down about it. I know it's difficult for them right now, but they're coming home and they just need to win a game. They have the ability to beat the Ducks and a win would give them confidence. They've still got a great opportunity here."

LANCE PITLICK

Played 228 games with Senators from 1994-1999

"They gotta win a game ... Seriously, Anaheim is a tough team and we know that. They just suffocate you and it's not going to be easy. They've still got to believe that they can get this done. I know those guys, the guys I played with like (Daniel) Alfredsson, (Chris) Phillips and (Wade) Redden, these are character players. I know they've got what it takes. They've just got to make sure they've got everybody at their best."

BRAD SMYTH

Played 12 games with Senators in 2002-03

"There's definitely going to be a lot of energy in the building, and that's going to help out. They've got to get a couple more shots. They've got guys who can score, they've proved it all playoffs. I think they'll have a big game, a big two games, and go back to Anaheim all tied up."

ANDREW MCBAIN

Played 114 games with Senators from 1992-94

"They've played well as a team in the playoffs, but they have to do a better job controlling the blue lines. From what I've seen, they've really got to limit the turnovers in the offensive zone and start creating turnovers instead. I think Anaheim has really dominated along the boards and they've got to start winning those battles. They can do this, but it's going to be difficult."

DENNIS BONVIE

Played 12 games with Senators in 2002-03

"That top line has been the best in hockey. They just have to go back to the way they were playing and they'll be fine. I've sat with over half the guys in that dressing room at some point, and I know they have what it takes to do it. I'd like to see it."

JAMIE RIVERS

Played 47 games with Senators from 2000-02

"I don't think they need to panic. They've just got to drive the net more. They're not getting enough traffic in front of that guy. He's a great goalie, but he's seeing too many pucks. Alfie and Spezza are looking to make the pass too much. They've got to start shooting from every angle. They've got to put the puck at the net."

BRAD SHAW

Played 149 games with Senators from 1992-95

"To me, they look like they're allowing Anaheim to dictate the play. They've got to have the attitude that they're going to be aggressive. That's why they were successful against good teams in the first three rounds because they were the better team and they dictated the play. You couldn't tell that in the first two games. They've got a team there that can win a championship, they've just got to get that attitude back because they can do it physically."

ANDRE ROY

Played 193 games with Senators from 1999-2002

"I think they've got to do what they've been doing all year and what they were doing for the first three series. They had two tough losses, but they're skilled enough to compete with Anaheim. Now they've got to win the next two with the crowd behind them. They have to try and keep it simple, go back to basics and bring back Andre Roy."

ROB MURPHY

Played 44 games with Senators in 1992-93

"All the blame is falling on the top line, but if a team is going to have success, move on and win the Stanley Cup, you need other guys scoring goals. Look at Anaheim. Who's scoring the goals for them? It's not the guys on the first two lines. I don't think it's been so much what the Senators aren't doing as what Anaheim is doing. They're not letting (the Senators) utilize their speed. They finish all their checks, in every zone. Ottawa hasn't played well, but they've only lost by a goal in each game."

BRAD MARSH

Played 59 games with Senators in 1992-1993

"Score a goal? Who are the best forwards on the highlights? It's Christoph Schubert and Dean McAmmond. I think they've got to dump it in. I think the layoff hurt them. I think the NHL has to look at that. They get out of their routine and it doesn't matter how many meetings or practices you have."


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