Coach MacLean post-game - 12.30.2013
The Ottawa Senators finally earned the ever-elusive second consecutive win on Monday night with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur were the goal scorers while Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots and the Cowen/Karlsson tandem made life difficult for Alex Ovechkin & Co. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the win.
Here's what he had to say...
On the win:
I think our penalty killing and our goaltender were a big part of the game today but I also thought that our team play throughout our lineup was very good.
On Craig Anderson:
I thought Craig made the saves we needed him to make and I thought he played with a lot of confidence and gave his teammates a lot of confidence. I think some of them were self inflicted, we turned over some pucks that put him in a tough spot, but he came up with some saves and that's good to see.
On role players stepping up:
I thought Erik Karlsson was outstanding tonight, especially the play he made at the end of the game for the empty net goal. Mika has come in and played centre with some big minutes and played very well. I still thought the Turris line, and Smitty's line I thought did a great job with Colin Greening especially facing off against Ovechkin. Of course they're going to get some opportunities but I thought they did a good job along with Jared and Erik against the Ovechkin group.
On Chris Neil:
Right now we're going to re-evaluate it tomorrow morning and give us a chance overnight to re-evaluate it, but at this point it doesn't appear like he's day-to-day. It's a lower body injury, we'll re-evaluate it tomorrow and we'll have more of an idea possibly what the circumstances will be with that…It doesn't appear like it's going to be day-to-day, it could be longer than that, but we're not prepared at this point — we're going to re-evaluate and see what it is.
On getting a second consecutive win:
Well since we haven't done it since November we have talked about it a lot. I've thought the way we've played lately is very encouraging and tonight obviously could be a big turning point for us. But, again, we have to come here tomorrow, forget about today and get ourselves ready to work again on Wednesday and come back and play again on Thursday and do it again. The priority for us now is that. Get rid of this one, let's come back tomorrow and get some work done.
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