The Senators have coaching stability, depth at every position and a handful of yougsters ready to emerge.
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Marian Hossa still hasn't scored a goal in the series, but he's turning up his game just in time for the Senators.
Whichever team can dictate the tempo should advance to meet the Mighty Ducks in the Stanley Cup finals.
Patrick Lalime came through with the game of his life in the Senators' 2-1 overtime victory over New Jersey in Game 6.
The Senators finally scored their first power play goal in Game 5, and they will need more to avoid elimination.
The real Ottawa Senators finally showed up Monday night and beat New Jersey 3-1 in Game 5.
Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson is being criticized for his lack of scoring, and leadership, against the Devils.
The Senators have learned from past playoff mistakes, and are playing with greater purpose this year.