It's now or never for Sens

Posted on April 21, 2010

It's now or never for Sens

As the Senators face elimination in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins the biggest question that remains is who will actually start in goal.
Will it be Pascal Leclaire or Brian Elliott?

The debate will rage until Thursday morning as Cory Clouston wouldn't announce his starter when asked Wednesday.

"We know who we're starting. We'll announce it the day of the game like we always have," said Clouston.

The odds likely fall in Elliott's favour as he's the guy who got them this far and started the first four games of the series. The fact Elliott allowed four goals on 19 shots in Game 4 likely won't have much impact on Clouston's decision.

Leclaire came into the game in relief of Elliott and didn't fare much better, but neither goaltender got much support from the rest of the team as the Penguins were able to capitalize on turnovers, odd-man rushes and the powerplay.

"It's easy to point fingers, but as a team we need to be better," said Clouston. "We're playing a team that capitalizes on its chances. The mistakes we've made, they've made us pay for. We haven't done the same to them. . . . We've had success this year because we've been a team. We've got to score on our chances and we've got to cut our mistakes down."

Despite the situation being dire, players remain positive and say the key is to not look too far forward or behind. Simplicity will be key to any success.

"Our focus is just one game," said Alfredsson. "Do not start thinking about what ifs. This is just about you've got to focus and prepare like it's the biggest game you've ever played, and hopefully we can come out with a win. It's pretty simple, but at the same time, when you’re down 3-1 and the way we played (Tuesday), it's easy to get down on yourself. We can't have that happen."