Coach MacLean post-game - 3.23.2013
The Sens used a big second half of the first period to propel themselves to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon with goals from four different players.
Daniel Alfredsson was the primary catalyst for the Sens and was a headache for the Lightning all game long. He was easily Ottawa's most creative player on the ice and was rewarded with two goals for his effort. Alfie was your first star for his work and Marc Methot took home the second star of the game.
Methot returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game vs. Boston. He and Eric Gryba (who scored his first career NHL goal today) were a stabilizing force on the back. Both players were plus-3 at the final horn.
Coach MacLean noted that the hot start was great for the team but that they had to be better about keeping the intensity level up as a game drags on with a big lead. Tampa Bay kept coming consistently but the Sens did enough to weather the storm.
Here is what Coach had to say after the game...
Thoughts from Coach MacLean coming up...— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) March 23, 2013
Coach: We were very pleased with how we started. The game got tougher and tougher from there.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) March 23, 2013
Coach: We did a better job in the last minute of settling things down and getting back the momentum.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) March 23, 2013
Coach: The PP has been getting more efficient despite less chances... the familiarity of the group has helped handle the pressure.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) March 23, 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.
Coach: Afternoon games haven't been friendly to us. This one wound up not being as friendly but we're getting better at it.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) March 23, 2013