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Fly on the Wall - Nov. 11, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Here’s what the visiting Senators had to say after suffering a humbling and Christopher Higgins-filled 4-0 loss at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. 

Sens coach Craig Hartsburg on why the little things make the biggest difference

“They beat us in the game at a lot of little things - faceoffs, protecting the puck, stuff like that.  Obviously, they came out to play right away in the first but we knew they would after how things went on their road trip.  They played a good game, give them credit, but we’ve got to be better.”

Jarkko Ruutu is feeling the love

After being ejected from the game midway through the third period, Ruutu made his way to the Senators’ dressing room to a chorus of cheers from Montreal fans.  Never one to let a fan feel unappreciated, he saluted the Bell Centre crowd for its enthusiasm.

“Well, they were cheering for me, so why not.  They don’t like me very much here and it’s not the first time it’s been like this, but that’s how it is.  I’m a black and white guy; love me or hate me.  I was just showing my appreciation for all their support.” 

Alex Auld on Ottawa’s effort

“We didn’t play 60 minutes. Plain and simple.  This is a team that, if you don’t have that, they’re going to burn you every time, but we knew that coming in.  They were explosive tonight.”

Jason Spezza knows that losing is a team effort

The Senators’ star centerman ponders whether Tuesday’s loss was the result of Montreal’s dominant play, or Ottawa’s lackluster effort. 

“When you lose 4-0, it’s a little bit of both.  They did things well but there were a lot of things we weren’t doing either.  They checked us well tonight but we didn’t capitalize on the chances we got.  You’ve got to tip your hat to their goalie too.”

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