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Greening: Thanks Fans, You've Been Great

Wednesday, 04.18.2012 / 3:43 PM ET
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I have to say the atmosphere for Monday’s game at Scotiabank Place was definitely great. In the interviews before that game, some of the guys were really reaching out to the fans to say we really wanted a good atmosphere, because we just came back from one in New York. The fans here really stepped it up and it was fun.

Colin Greening and the Sens have gained energy from the huge playoff support the team's fans have shown (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).
I’ve been in similar environments before, but nothing to that extent — 20,000 screaming fans, all of them waving white towels in support of us. It was definitely a lot of fun and I think we fed off it. The first shift, I was out there and I felt good and had a lot of energy. That definitely helped us in that game.

It’s hard to describe the feeling when you first step out on the ice and it’s that loud. You feel a little more amped up, you’re a little more excited and a little bit happier. You almost, for a second, reflect and think ‘wow, this is a great time of the year.’ And it is the most fun time of the year. You just take all of that in for maybe half a second and then you realize you need to keep an even keel. You don’t want to get too jacked up.

Even on the streets, you can feel the playoff excitement. I see a lot more car flags out. People are always wishing me good luck, which is really nice. But you can feel it everywhere you go. There’s a little more excitement and that’s great to see. I always expected that from a Canadian city, especially Ottawa. the capital. We’re really happy that the fans are showing a lot more support now.

As far as the game, it was physical and it was intense. In the playoffs, everyone talks about how your goalie has to be your best player and both teams had their goalie be their best player on Monday night. In my opinion, I thought it was a really good playoff game and hopefully, there’s more to come and we’ll be on the winning side next time.

We definitely came out of that game with a positive attitude. You’re frustrated immediately after the game, and those games can be frustrating because you feel you deserved a bit better result. That’s tough sometimes, when you put so much work into it, you get the chances and you just can’t bury anything.

When you put that kind of work in and you don’t get rewarded for it, that can be frustrating. But we realize that’s part of hockey. It’s a part of sports and it’s a part of life. We’re happy with where we are right now and we know we can play with this team. It’s going to be hectic the rest of the series and we’re just excited that we can play for our fans one more time before we head back to New York.




1 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
2 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47


E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10