Time for Sens to get down, dirty

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Mike Comrie doesn't know if his nose was broken Wednesday night.

But he knows something smelled a little fishy about the hit he took from Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin.

"It was a dirty play," the Senators winger said yesterday. "The puck wasn't around, and I turned into him a bit, but you have to be conscious of other players on the ice."

At the same time, Comrie and his teammates realize they'll need to get their noses dirtier if they are to claw back into the best-of-seven championship set. And if they didn't before, they were reminded of that fact in a meeting with the coaching staff before yesterday's practice.

"The biggest thing is we just have to be ready to play Game 3," Comrie said when asked about the closed-door session. "Our intensity has to be as strong as it can be.

"You can go over all the X's and O's, but you really just have to be ready to battle. It's a battle out there ... I don't want to use the term war ... but it's a hard-fought battle, and not just on one play, but every single play.

"Yeah, we are," Comrie replied when asked if the team is prepared to do that. "We know it's the only way we're going to win. We knew coming into this series it wasn't going to be easy. The only thing we're preparing for now is Game 3, and what it's going to take to win."

The Senators haven't had enough of that resolve so far in this series.

Dean McAmmond thinks part of that has been dictated by circumstance.

"It's hard to keep your intensity when you're doing things that are creating nothing for you," said McAmmond. "It diffuses your ability to be intense."

Mike Fisher, who generally plays like he's prepared to run over anything in his way to get where he's going, was blunt when asked if Ottawa had enough intensity in Game 2.

"No," Fisher said. "We know we can do a better job of battling, of being hungrier, of being smarter and giving ourselves an edge.

"It's been fast and hard-hitting, but that hasn't surprised us. We knew coming in that the pace was going to pick up because the stakes are that much higher.

"They play the trap well through the neutral zone, they're a pretty well-rounded team. But we want them to worry about us rather than us worry about them. We haven't shown them our best play yet."


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