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Coach MacLean post-game - 3.10.2014

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 11:00 PM ET
By Chris Lund - / Inside the Senate Blog
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The Sens looked down and out through two periods but poured it on in the third and salvaged a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky were named to the Three Stars in the loss. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the game.

Here's what he had to say...

On the start to the game:

Well I thought they were maybe a touch quicker and a touch harder than we were but for the most part I thought it was a 50/50 type of game. They executed two faceoffs and get tipped goals. On the second one we weren't particularly strong I guess, but from that point forward to be down 3-0 going into the third and get something out of the game, we've got to be pleased with that part of it. But, we'd like to start games the way we finished it.

On if he thought the team was flat:

I wouldn't say we were flat but I don't think we were as good as we were in the third either.

On the catalyst for the turnaround:

Nashville's the type of team where if you don't continue to do things the right way they just keep coming at you and trying to wear you down and you have to stick to your program and you've got to stick to it. I thought that's what we did through the first and second, we tried to stick to what we had to do for them and in the third we got through. We had to get the puck to the net to make it difficult for Rinne and we did that and we ended up having success, but it took us 40-plus minutes to get to them.

On Spezza/Hemsky/Michalek:

Well obviously that line has some good chemistry going, we better keep the Bunson burner on underneath them.

On Anderson and Ceci:

Cody has a deep cut so we held him out for precautions and Andy, I believe, I'm not sure if he had a stinger or what it was, I didn't see him after the game. I haven't got a report that he's not alright.

On the OT goal:

It was a two on zero for them... We were trying to make a play back to Philly on the blueline and I thought their guy made a great defensive play to get his stick in and their next guy was closest so he got the puck.

On being on the bench for Jiri Fischer's incident:

It's very eerie and it's very scary to have that happen to anyone when you're just standing there. It's a very difficult time.

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