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Coach MacLean post-game - 2.12.2013

Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 10:31 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Coach MacLean post-game - 2.12.2013



It was a much more positive game tonight for the Ottawa Senators. Better efforts at the offensive and defensive ends of the rink couple with very disciplined play set the tone for a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

It'll come as a big shock to many or not that Craig Anderson and Erik Karlsson set the tone for the Sens tonight. Anderson stood tall in the back, turning aside 42 shots from the Sabres en route to his second shutout of the year. Karlsson drove play forward once again and scored the game winning goal a shorthanded one at that in 27 minutes of ice time. Erik Condra provided the dagger with strong play around Buffalo's crease.

Mucking it up in those parts of the rink had been the theme of practice all week for Head Coach Paul MacLean. As a team that doesn't have a plethora of puck carriers and flair up front, they're going to have to manufacture their offence by scoring on second and third opportunities. The message was definitely received though there is certainly room to improve in that facet of the game as both the Karlsson and Condra goals came with red shirts in tight against Ryan Miller.

The power play put a bit of a damper on the evening as it went 0-for-8 but, as Coach MacLean pointed out, the team generated plenty of opportunity with the man advantage, the puck simply didn't find the back of the net. So long as the process is there, the unit should click soon.

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

For those of you who are more audio inclined, you can listen to Coach MacLean's full post-game press conference here on this page.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02