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Coach MacLean post-game - 12.19.2013

Thursday, 19.12.2013 / 10:50 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Coach MacLean post-game - 12.19.2013

The Ottawa Senators played a strong game on Thursday night but ultimately a few bad bounces — on a power play and penalty kill, respectively — proved to be the difference on the scoreboard as they fell to the Florida Panthers by a 4-2 score. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the game.

Here's what he had to say...

On tonight's game:

I thought we had a good response from last night's game and I thought we had the lead at 2-1, the injury to Zibanejad hurt our lineup and I think the schedule fatigued us a little bit. To their credit they continued to come after us and continued to play — we played a little too much in our end which cause us a little more fatigue — at the end of the day it's a tie game going into the third, we take a penalty late and they do a good job.

On the start and the late goal:

I thought the start of the game — I didn't mind the start of the game, I thought it was a lot of 50/50. We played last night, they were sitting here waiting for us. We kind of expected they would carry it a little bit until we got our legs underneath us. I didn't mind the first period at all. The second period I thought we wasted some of our energy on the line rushes where we ended up turning over pucks coming back in our end defensively and then when we went on the rush offensively we had numbers and we were trying to — instead of just shooting it at their goaltender and maybe getting a faceoff in their end at the worst — we overpass the puck and they end up coming back. We extended our shifts and I think that fatigue didn't help us in the third.

On the response of the leadership group:

Chris Neil scored a goal, Spezza scored a goal, our goaltender competed, I thought the response from the team was a response. Now, we didn't win the game so it's obviously not what we were looking for, but it was a response and it's a place to start.

On Zibanejad:

He has an upper-body injury so he'll be evaluated tomorrow and we'll see where it goes…It's just upper-body is what I was told, we'll see how it goes tomorrow, how he is evaluated again.


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