Fired-up Sens happy to be home

Ottawa Senators Matt Carkner (R) and Matt Gilroy participated in an optional skate at Scotiabank...

Ottawa Senators Matt Carkner (R) and Matt Gilroy participated in an optional skate at Scotiabank Place on Sunday April 15,2012. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI AGENCY)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

OTTAWA - There’s no place like home for the Senators.

After pulling off a 3-2 OT victory over the Rangers in New York on Saturday, the Senators return to Scotiabank Place with the first-round series tied 1-1 and the players feeling good about themselves after gaining a split on Broadway.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but getting this series tied up is a step in the right direction. We’re laying the groundwork here,” said goalie Craig Anderson.

“We’re happy we tied it up 1-1. There’s a long road ahead of us. We can’t get too high. We can’t get too low. We have to stay even-keeled. The momentum is going to swing back and forth the whole series. We’ve got to be mentally tough.”

The Senators can’t wait for the reception they’ll get from the fans on Monday night.

“One goal can swing the series from being down 0-2 to being tied 1-1. We got the split,” said centre Jason Spezza. “That’s what you want to do after you lose the first game. Going home, we’re excited to play in front of our crowd and use the energy of our crowd. I’ve got the feeling they’ll be pretty excited to have us home.”


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