Senators Even Series In OT

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2003 Playoffs

Chris Phillips scored at 15:51 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 to force a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

"Well, we sure feel like we have the momentum, but once the puck is dropped, it's a new game," Phillips said. "It's not going to be easy. Every game in this series has been a battle, and I expect no different on Friday."

It was the Devils' first loss at home in the playoffs following an 8-0 start. The Senators improved to 4-0 in overtime in the postseason.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy and they were undefeated at home," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We just wanted to make sure that we went out and gave it our best, didn't leave anything behind. And I think we did that tonight."

The top-seeded Ottawa will have Game 7 at home and the momentum of coming back from 3-1 deficit to even the series.

"We knew they had the character, the talent and the skill to come back on us," New Jersey center John Madden added. "We did squander it away. We had two opportunities to do it in their building and ours, now we have our backs against the wall. There's not much more I can say."

New Jersey is trying to earn their third trip to the Stanley Cup finals in four years. The Devils won the Cup in 2000 and lost the final to Colorado the following year.

"We like our odds going back home, but we know we are going to have to be better," Alfredsson said. "They are a veteran team that's going to come to Ottawa and play their best."

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