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Coach MacLean on a 4-3 pre-season win over Montreal

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered up his thoughts after the team pulled out a 4-3 overtime victory in Ottawa over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Here's what he had to say...

On the victory:

I thought it was a very entertaining game, I thought it was exciting and well played, it had a lot of elements that we have come to see in games against Montreal and I enjoyed it. I thought our team came out in the third period and did a lot of good things. We didn't do a lot of good things in the second period, Montreal did a lot of good things in the second period. We found a way to win the game.

On the new line combos:

We saw some chemistry with them so we're going to have to reevaluate before tomorrow night's game. We'll probably have some changes to it based on who played tonight and how things happened and who might need another opportunity but for the most part we liked the way our team played.

On the dry scrape:

It got my heart rate down so I guess that's probably a good thing. That's something they put in, it's going to be in there and if it's in there for the regular season you have to deal with it. It's not my decision to make.

On the special teams play:

I thought it was a big part of winning the game. I thought our penalty killers did some yeoman's work and our power play ended up getting us a couple of goals. It makes a big difference in the game. I thought five on five we also played a pretty solid game.

On the level of intensity:

Any time you play Montreal it's an intense game.

On Hoffman's play:

I thought he was a factor on the ice. He used his speed on offence as well as defensively and that's what we've asked him to do. I thought he gave a good showing tonight. I thought he was a factor and put some pressure on their defence by using his speed.

On the vibe during Karlsson's first game as captain:

I think the feeling is still the same. He's Erik Karlsson, he's on the ice and he's playing. He had 24 minutes, it was a light night for him so he was probably pretty vocal on the bench. It was just another game for us and I thought Karl played a really steady game for us.

On Lehner's performance:

I thought the second period he was really solid and gave us a chance. We turned over a couple and he was able to keep it at 2-1 going into the third and I thought it was real big play from him.

On Borowiecki's physical play:

That's just the way he plays, I'm not sure there is another style for Boro to play. He's a competitive guy and that's something that we felt we needed on our team. I thought that he was very competitive tonight and I thought along with Gryba they were a pretty solid pair for us.

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