Coach calls out Spezza, Heatley

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Bryan Murray turned up the heat on his Dynamic Duo yesterday.

The Senators GM/coach shook up his lineup, moving Martin Lapointe back to the top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, then called on the club's top two forwards to pick up the pace.

After a 4-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 of the playoff series Wednesday at Mellon Arena, the Senators need their top scorers to step up tonight.

"I'd like to think they will get some scoring chances," said Murray following a 40-minute skate. "They've got to score some goals for us. Even if the rest of the guys are back, that's our expectation for them."

While the Senators are short-handed, missing injured Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly, Murray says that's not an excuse for the lack of scoring.

The Senators had an offensive explosion in their 8-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs late in the year, but the club hasn't scored in three of its last five games.

"That's the question of the day," said Murray when asked about the scoring issue. "When you get shut out and you miss the net as many times as we did (Wednesday) on the opportunities we had, it becomes a real focal point I'm certain for the Penguins, as it is for us.

"We have to find a way to get more bodies to the net and when we get them there, to find a way to hit the net more often. In particular, on the power play."

Winger Randy Robitaille, who had a less-than-inspiring performance in Game 1, was dropped to the fourth line. Lapointe finished the season playing alongside Spezza and Heatley so it's not like this hasn't been done before.

'MORE TRAFFIC'

"We need to get more traffic in front and we need to get more ugly goals," said Lapointe. "I'm not there to handle the puck on that line. I've got to make sure that I do my job and get the puck to (Heatley and Spezza).

"I've got to try to create a little more room for them and make sure the first line has a forecheck now. Sometimes, when the first line is skilled, that forecheck is not quite there. I've got to go in and bang some bodies. I'm excited about it. I want to rise to the challenge."

The Senators know they have to be better -- especially with an 0-for-7 performance on the power play in Game 1, including two 5-on-3 power plays. If they'd cashed in on either two-man advantage, they would have been right back in the game.

"Hopefully, we can create some chances," said Spezza. "The power play has been pretty good lately, but if we had just scored on one of our seven chances, then we wouldn't have needed the 5-on-3s to score goals.

"We've got to get more traffic in front of the goalie. We lost that game because of the power play. That's pretty obvious. We've just got to rebound and find a way to score."


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