Coach saves Sens from another loss to Leafs

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

HALIFAX -- A first period speech by coach Bryan Murray snapped the Ottawa Senators out of their doldrums last night as the Leafs threatened to beat them a second time in pre-season. Murray sternly reminded them of the pride in the sweater and brought up the Leafs' playoff domination of recent years. Ottawa went from being out-shot 19-6 to 28-16 the next two periods.

They did lose defenceman Wade Redden, who suffered a mid-game groin injury and exited the game for precuationary reasons. The Sens had lost new defenceman Joe Corvo with a broken foot earlier in the week.

MAURICE REWARDS HARD WORK

A sellout crowd of 10,595 at the Metro Centre would've liked the Leafs to have used Mats Sundin, Bryan McCabe and Andrew Raycroft last night as the Sens used more than a few stars.

"The people here would've liked it," agreed coach Paul Maurice, but John Mitchell, Colin Murphy, Brett Englehardt and Jeremy Williams earned this, payment for working their butts off this summer to get in shape.

"I didn't want this camp to be just an 11-day practice for them."

The game counted as a home contest for the Sens, who split the profits with the hometown organizers.


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