OTTAWA - - No place like home?
That hasn’t been the case for the Senators in their first round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but if the club is going to stave off elimination trailing 3-2, Ottawa must pull off a victory at Scotiabank Place Saturday.
While the Senators pulled off an emotional 4-3 triple-OT victory in Game 5 Thursday in Pittsburgh, the season still hangs in the balance. One loss and the club will have an early summer. The Senators have lost both games in this series on home ice.
“We’ve always believed we can beat them,” said Senators defenceman Chris Campoli this morning. “When you’re down 3-1 it’s always a difficult hole to climb out of of, but we feel a lot better. It was good for the confidence to go in there and win.
“We know we can win in our rink. We haven’t played our best hockey in the series. We’ll look to do that tonight. We’re excited about the challenge.”
The Senators won’t make any changes for Game 6. Goalie Pascal Leclaire, fresh off his 56-save performance in Pittsburgh, will make his second straight start in the net. Captain Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate, but will play.
Coming off a 7-4 decision in Game 4 at home, the Senators want to give their fans something to remember and force an emotional Game 7 Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
“Every game has been pretty close except the one game here,” said Ottawa centre Jason Spezza. “You know in the playoffs they’re all going to be tough.”
The Senators have emerged victorious the last three times they’ve played in a Game 6, but have never faced the Penguins in this circumstance.