Saturday, December 08, 2007

Time on the road proving to be the cure for Sens

The Senators rolled into Dallas on Friday night and continued to right their listing ship, with an instructive 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.

The Sens, who have been defensively suspect in recent efforts, put together a much more concentrated defense of their own zone, eliminating chances and second opportunities for the Stars while their offense regained some of its form on the way to the victory.

Head coach John Paddock, who has had a front row seat to his teams recent slide of intensity was much more impressed with his teams effort on Friday, finding that they were winning the tough battles on the boards and in front of the Stars net, calling the effort, “the most urgent game we've played in a while.”

It marked the second straight Senators win, improving their record to a Northeast Division-best 39 points, still tops in the Eastern Conference.

Now that they’re back on the winning track, a break in the schedule comes at a most unfortunate time. The Sens won’t see action again until Wednesday night when they play in Carolina.

Progress gained after a lengthy battle, can also be lost quite quickly.

Paddock will have to find some activities to keep his now finally meshing squad on the same page and path.

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