Murray says wins help 'forgive' errors

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

TORONTO -- It takes a lot to overshadow another clash in the Battle of Ontario.

But the spectacular overtime goal by Senators centre Jason Spezza to win Thursday night's game against the Canadiens remains the topic du jour heading into tonight's meeting with the Maple Leafs.

There was a Toronto reporter waiting in the lobby for Spezza when the Senators checked into their hotel here yesterday.

Spezza's goal made the Senators winners, but coach Bryan Murray said there's still a lot of work to be done to smooth out the rough edges on his club's game going into their third of eight meetings with the Leafs this season.

"You always forgive a little bit when you win," said Murray. "Our job as a coach is to continually harp on the aspects of the game. It's great to win the game, but Montreal is going to get better the next time. We've got to get better and how we get better is taking away the turnovers and making sure everybody knows where to go coming back into our zone.

"Against Carolina (on Monday), for example, we didn't identify our pickups the way we should have. We have to continually harp on that."

The Senators do listen.

After a rough night against Carolina, the Peter Schaefer-Antoine Vermette-Chris Neil line drew raves from Murray yesterday.

"(The line) didn't get a lot of minutes (against Montreal), but they were very good. They were influential on us turning the game around and coming back not only because they scored a goal, but because of the way they worked at it. I could play them against anybody. In Carolina, I couldn't say that. They made some thinking-man's plays and really helped us a lot."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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