The Senators traded punches with the Chicago Blackhawks for three periods on Thursday night but ultimately came up short in a shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the performance after the game. Here's what he had to say...
I think Mika has been fine all along. I think it was another solid game by him and he gets on the scoreboard. It's great, I thought he was good.
On the differences from the game in Chicago:
I think there was a lot of similarities but the biggest thing is when we played them close and played them tight it was a much better game for us. When we played them loose and gave them respect they made us pay for it. They made us pay for it in Chicago on a goal and they made us pay for it on two if not three goals tonight the same way — we played them too far apart, too much separation in the defensive zone and they made us pay for that. For our group to come back and play at home, play them here and play the way we did and get a point out of it is a great way to continue some momentum out of it at home and continue into Boston. We had a lot of great efforts tonight and we can feel pretty good about it and come in here tomorrow and get ready to go again.
On the Hoffman - Lazar - Stone line:
They obviously got us off to a good start and I thought they had a lot of good shifts. In the line shuffle they got out there, unfortunately for them, with a goal against in the third. We thought they gave a good account of themselves. They played with good speed, good skill and they were fun to watch.
On the three complementing one another:
Tonight they did and we'll see what they do the next time we put them out there. Speed and skill, they generated quite a few shots at the net, I think it was eight total and they could have generated eight more if they decided to shoot the puck and not try to pass to each other.