OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators fought back on Saturday, matching the Anaheim Ducks hit for hit in a 5-3 win, but there's no time to pat themselves on the back.
Trailing the Stanley Cup final series 2-1 with Game 4 tonight at Scotiabank Place, the Senators must deliver the same kind of effort against the Chris Pronger-less Ducks.
A 3-1 series deficit would likely be too much to overcome.
"Every game in every series is always the biggest game. The reality is none of them are must-wins until you're facing elimination," defenceman Chris Phillips said yesterday.
"When you look at momentum and how a series goes, it was a huge win for us (on Saturday night). It just put us in an opportunity to tie the series up and not be down 3-0.
"We're 100% focused. We're not overexcited because we won one game."
And they shouldn't be.
"(Saturday) was our biggest game. The next one is even bigger," Sens' Jason Spezza said. "Every one from here on in is going to be even bigger. We know we have to be ready every night. We spotted them a two-win lead and we're stuck chasing from behind. Every game is do-or-die for us."
Can the Senators seize momentum with a victory?
"Momentum is a little bit overrated because everybody thought they would have the momentum coming here," Spezza said. "This is about confidence and if we can win (tonight) we're going to have a lot of confidence going to Anaheim and probably give our best effort going into that rink. If we get it to 2-2, we'll make it a whole new series."
Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said the club has to build on the win.