The Senators traded punches with the Chicago Blackhawks for three periods on Thursday night but ultimately came up short in a shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the performance after the game. Here's what he had to say...
Robin Lehner had a couple of dazzling moments in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Columbus as he made 36 saves to earn another W this season. Lehner kept the Sens in the contest during a first period which saw a frequently shorthanded Senators team give up 14 shots, while only putting five on the Columbus goal.
While the scoring chances were even through one, Lehner was impressed with the way the team rebounded after a slow start to the game.
"After the first I was a little bit worried, I didn't think we had much jump but the boys came together in the locker room here and I thought we had one of our best second periods of the year," said Lehner. "We had a lot of penalties but the PK stepped up and from there on out we played solid. We didn't take as many chances, they opened up and we got our goals. That's what we need to stick to."
Lehner also discussed the much-improved second period performance from the Senators and changes the team is making to their approach in the frame.
"We've been talking about it and just trying to relax and trying to play the second period like everything else — not trying to overthink it, don't just start dumping it in to change and give away possession. We've been trying to do some different things and I thought we did a good job with it."
Lehner picked up his first point of the season as well, picking up an assist off a save that sprung Erik Karlsson onto a 3-on-1 and the eventual game winning goal.
Senators captain Erik Karlsson scored last night's game winning goal in Columbus en route to a 5-2 Sens victory over the Blue Jackets. Karlsson was named the third star in the win as he recorded a goal and an assist on five shots for the Sens in just over 26 minutes of play.
He spoke about the importance of the crucial five minute penalty kill in the second period following Eric Gryba's elbowing major.
"That was a great job. We went in there, didn't think further than the five minutes and all we needed to do was kill it off," said Karlsson. "Technically it was only three but I still think we did a great job. I think overall we're happy with the 5-2 win. "
The captain also had plenty of praise for Robin Lehner's play after the game and spoke to the quality goaltending the Senators have received through eight games of the season.
"We have two great goalies and any one of them can step in and win us games. That's what they've been doing so far and we're happy with the way they've been playing. We have to do a better job sometimes cleaning up and helping them see the puck a bit more. They're doing more than we expected and we're happy about that."
Senators forward Clarke MacArthur had a huge night on Tuesday with two goals and an assist to lead the Sens to a 5-2 win over Columbus. The three points earned MacArthur a first star selection in the victory.
Afterwards, MacArthur talked about the second period as a turning point that set up the Sens' big third.
"We weren't ready for their speed at the beginning of the game, gave them a couple of
power plays and I thought that's where their shot differential was early on," said MacArthur. "I thought that was our best second period of the year, we had good speed, made good decisions. It was a tough break at the end of the second."
"We came in here with a positive attitude going into the third tied. We played pretty good hockey, we gave them a couple of chances but Lenny was right there and made big saves when we needed them. A good job by everyone."
The third period was the latest in a string of solid third periods from the Sens that continue back to the beginning of the season.
"Our third periods have been great, our conditioning is a big part of that, playing all the lines and rolling through. The second period I thought was a turning point for us. I thought we turned the game around and took over from there."
The Sens hit the ice at Nationwide Arena in Columbus today for a practice prior to Tuesday's game with the Blue Jackets. Here's a sampling of what they had to say after the skate...
Milan Michalek broke the goose egg in the goals column on Sunday night and netted the Sens' first shorthanded goal of the season in the process as he had the lone Ottawa tally in a 2-1 loss to Chicago.
He offered his thoughts on getting his first of the season after the game.
"It was a great pass from Chiasson, it was pretty easy for me. I'm happy I got it and hopefully they keep them coming now," said Michalek. "It feels great, that's why you play hockey is to score goals and try to win the game. It's a lot of fun."
Michalek also offered his thoughts on the game as a whole and suggested that the Sens may have been guilty of playing too passive, while adding praise for Craig Anderson's performance.
"I think we gave them a little bit too much respect tonight. We gave them lots of room to move around. Andy was unbelievable tonight, he kept us in the game pretty much the whole game. It was good that we came back in the third and had some chances to tie the game."
Sens goaltender Craig Anderson was solid in the crease once again for the Senators in Chicago on Sunday night, turning aside 43 shots on goal and stopping an Andrew Shaw penalty shot in the second period in a 2-1 loss.
Anderson talked about the importance of special teams after the game as none of the three goals scored by either team were put in the net while playing 5-on-5.
"You've got to try to play as much as you can 5-on-5 so you're rolling four lines and keeping everybody fresh," said Anderson. "When you start penalty killing a lot you start using the same guys over and over again and it tends to wear on the guys and takes away the energy from them."
"Special teams was huge in this game. We were able to get a shorthanded goal but our power play wasn't able to get us one and their power play got them one. That was the difference tonight. It wasn't due to a lack of effort. We generated some chances, we just weren't able to connect tonight. That's the way it goes sometimes."
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