The Sens made it three in a row on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on the strength of quality efforts from Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris and Robin Lehner. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the game.
Here's what he had to say...
On the mood of the room:
Well I think we should be starting to feel pretty good about ourselves. I thought the way we played today was a pretty solid effort, Robin gave us another good game in net, we kept the shots under 30 which certainly gives our goalies an opportunity to play well. I thought our penalty killing, especially the 5-on-3 in the third period with Derek Grant, Marc Methot and Jared Cowen were outstanding and a big reason why we won.
On Clarke MacArthur:
Well Clarke's been a pretty consistent player for us since he got here — training camp through exhibition and through the first 16 games of the season. The offensive part of it is coming around for him but he has been an important player since he has been here. Tonight was just another night where he did his job.
On the tempo of the start:
Well we knew that — any time you change your coaching staff it's a reflection on the whole group and we felt that they were going to come out and be aggressive and if we were ready for that maybe we could use it against them. They ended up turning over a couple of pucks and we attacked them and Thomas hadn't played in the net for a while. He had been out on the IR so we felt that if we could get out and get some pressure on them and get an attack on the net and make him defend his net we'd get some opportunities. It ended up that we get a two goal lead, which I think helped us settle in a little bit.
On if Robin Lehner will start Tuesday:
Well today's only Saturday so I've got two days to think about that, but we're going to go through practice on Monday and Tuesday. Craig Anderson is the number one goalie here in Ottawa and if he's ready to play he'll play.
On if confidence is helping:
Any time you win and have success it breeds good habits. You recognize that doing things a certain way gives you success and doing things another way gives you a lack of success. I think our attention to detail and attention to the structure of our game has been much better in the last 10 games than it was in the earlier games. We're getting the results from it because we're sticking to the structure, we're working hard at it and when you do those things you can expect at some point to have success.
On the identity of the team:
Anytime you — as we just mentioned — you can do things over and over again and have success, that ends up becoming our identity. I'm not sure if we're the Pesky Sens that we were last year. The first year I was here I don't know if we were the run and guns or what we were but the identity morphs and changes. What we'd like to be is the Ottawa Senators that play 200 feet, that play hard and play for as long as it takes. That's the reputation I believe we're working towards.
On Karlsson's diminished ice time:
I thought he was playing for both teams and possibly a little more for their team than for our team, so I felt we can't have that. We needed to — I don't know if it was the afternoon game or the morning but we had to make sure we got him settled down and got him situated. I thought he came back and played fine.
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