ANAHEIM -- A miracle on ice? That's what it's going to take to stop the Anaheim Ducks from sipping champagne out of the Stanley Cup as soon as tonight.
The Senators defiantly said this series is not over as they arrived here yesterday, but down 3-1, the Senators have to set small goals right now -- like forcing a Game 6 back at Scotiabank Place on Saturday night.
Even Senators' coach Bryan Murray is looking at big changes. Following a light skate yesterday, Murray hinted he might break up the line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson in an attempt to get the offence going.
"You keep waiting and hoping that they get back to moving their feet," said Murray. "Have I thought about doing something? Maybe tomorrow, that will be the case."
It may be too little, too late, but you won't find anybody in the Ottawa dressing room willing to admit to that.
"We know we can beat this team. We've just got to get back to the way we can play," said centre Mike Fisher. "We're making some mistakes we shouldn't be making and if we can eliminate those, there's a good chance we can (win). It's not going to be easy by any means, but I think we're confident if we stick to what we can do, we can beat them."
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The Senators are 0-3 lifetime when down 3-1 in a series, but in 2003, they did storm back from the deficit to force a Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern final.
"We know we're in tough," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "It's not going to be easy. I'm sure there are not a lot of people that don't think we can do it. (Monday) was tough after the game. But on the flight here, we were upbeat. We have nothing to lose now.
"We're going to go out there and try to bring it back to Ottawa for Game 6. There's no question that we believe that we can do that. We're going to give it everything we have and see what happens."
Spezza, who has no goals in this series, said everybody is trying, but it's just not happening.
"I don't think there are too many passengers," said Spezza. "They do a good job of taking the momentum out of the game a lot of times. I don't think passengers is a problem on our team. We're in this together.
"We've gotten here together. We've gotten ourselves down 3-1 and we can get ourselves out of it. But it has to be together."
Ideally, the Senators would like to ruin the Ducks' party.
"This is not the situation you want to be in," said Senators goalie Ray Emery. "It's a one-game-at-a-time thing. We're disappointed, but we've got to win the next game.
"But during the season, there were times where we were able to string together three-game winning streaks with no problem. We have to do that here.
"We certainly can win two games in a row here, no problem.
"Once you do that, it's just whoever wins Game 7."