The Sens renewed their rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens tonight and came away with a big 4-1 victory on the strength of 33 Robin Lehner saves and a big second period that included goals from two Ottawa natives, Marc Methot and Mark Borowiecki.
Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the game. Here's what he had to say...
On what gave the Sens momentum:
I thought that Robin Lehner was very good in the net, I thought in the second period we had a couple of forechecks that turned over some pucks, we shot the puck at the goalie and we got some rebounds. I think Robin gave us a lot of confidence tonight and our penalty kill did as well.
On Lehner's game evolving:
He's just been very consistent and very solid. When he came up last year and played he was the same way. He was very consistent, very solid, his work habits are good. I think he has matured and he has played very well for us. We kept it under 35 and he won the game.
On Mark Borowiecki:
When we brought Mark up we said we wanted his attitude and I think that has certainly been the case the last couple of games that he has played. The attitude is better, the physicality of our team is better and Mark has a lot to do with that. I think he has given some life to some of us that were maybe sagging a little bit. I think that's a great credit to him and his leadership abilities that he is able to come in and have an influence on the team by not doing anything special, all he did is just come in and do his job. He has been very good, very consistent.
On the way the team is building:
I like the fact we won the game, I like the fact we're building and getting better at our game, but I'm not sure tonight. I thought tonight we kind of stayed level par in the way we played. I thought our execution with the puck and our speed with the puck, I thought we played too much in our end but we played better in our end. That's a good sign for us and we just have to keep continuing, come back here again tomorrow and continue to work at getting better. I think we dug in again tonight and this time we found a way to get a win and that's a good sign.
On Neil's injury:
I think Neiler's kind of a bleeder. You're always concerned when a player comes off like that but they let us know right away that it was superficial.
On Lehner making a case to be the goalie:
Well at this point in time Robin's the goalie. Craig is still day-to-day with an injury and we'll make the determination when Craig comes back. Craig Anderson is the number one goaltender and at this point when Craig is healthy and ready to play we'll make the decision as to who gives us the best chance to win the next game that comes up. We're not going to make any decisions until then.
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