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Coach MacLean post-game - 2.9.2013

Saturday, 09.02.2013 / 5:57 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Coach MacLean post-game - 2.9.2013


In two straight losses the Ottawa Senators have run into two strong goaltending performances that decided one goal games. In two straight losses the Ottawa Senators generated over 80 attempts on the opposition goal. In two straight losses the tone from Head Coach Paul MacLean could not have been more different afterwards. 

Following the overtime loss to Carolina, Coach was positive, praising the performance of Cam Ward who stood on his head to steal a point from the Sens at Scotiabank Place. Following the regulation loss to Winnipeg, Coach gave Al Montoya his due for earning a shutout on the road, but ultimately stressed that the Sens simply weren't good enough. When they were, it was a case of too little, too late.

Coach highlighted bright spots in Ben Bishop and Stephane Da Costa for the team. Bishop put to rest any worries over his start in Tampa Bay with a superb performance. He turned aside 36 shots, many of which demanded excellent stops, and gave the team a chance to win from the outset. Da Costa may have had his best game as a member of the Sens, generating plenty of offence and earning extra ice time in additional situations. He even earned himself a promotion to the first line during a portion fo the third period.

Of concern for Ottawa is an injury to Peter Regin. Regin was injured in the first period and didn't return for the duration of the game. His status moving forward is currently unknown.

Here's a Twitter rundown of MacLean's comments:

For those of you who are more inclined towards audio, you can listen to coach talk about the Sens play in the loss here on this page.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06