The Ottawa Senators are on the brink of advancing in the NHL playoffs, yet according to coach Paul MacLean they are fearful.
The Senators have a 3-1 lead over the archrival Canadiens heading into Game 5 Thursday night in Montreal. MacLean has done his best to deflect attention from his players during the emotional series, and Wednesday afternoon was no different.
MacLean is doing his best to make his team appear as the underdog.
''We're scared to death,'' said MacLean of Game 5. ''I know I am. We know it's going to be really hard. Tomorrow is going to be a hard game and we have to make sure we're ready for that no matter what they have or who they play. It's going to be hard.''
Last year, the Senators had a 3-2 series lead over the New York Rangers, but lost the next two games. They're hopeful they've grown from that experience.
''We're going to find out tomorrow if we learned any lessons,'' MacLean said. ''We can talk about it, speak about it and address it, but it's actually ...