Coach MacLean post-game - 2.19.2013
Paul MacLean was very deadpan in his comments after Tuesday's win over the Islanders as the Sens didn't necessarily make it look pretty but they did enough to get the win.
Craig Anderson stood tall in goal as we have become so accustomed to seeing, turning aside 37 shots, to hold the Isles to just one goal despite many close calls.
It was also a night of firsts in many ways for the Sens as they scored their first power play goal in 25 attempts while Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski scored their first career NHL goals. Eric Gryba also recorded his first career point and earned his first career Three Star selection.
Did you get all that?
The key to take away from all of this is the Sens found a way to grind out a win, plain and simple. As Coach pointed out tonight, they've had games where they've played better hockey — the OT loss to Carolina at home comes to mind — and still not mustered enough offence to come away with a victory. Tonight they found a way, even if it wasn't a sparkling performance for the reel.
The Sens will look to work out the kinks and keep the offence coming for Thursday's game — a rematch of last year's first round playoff series vs. the New York Rangers.
Here's a Twitter rundown of Coach MacLean's thoughts on the win.
Comments from Coach MacLean coming up...— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 20, 2013
Coach MacLean on the win: We got three and they got one.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 20, 2013
Coach credits @craiganderson41 and the penalty killing unit with doing a great job.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 20, 2013
Coach doesn't think the team played a great game but found a way to score three goals. Says we've played much better and scored none.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 20, 2013
On Andre Benoit: He's an excellent player and it's great to see him get a second goal...— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 20, 2013
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.
On facing the team that eliminated the Sens from the playoffs last year: We're looking forward to it.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 20, 2013