The Sens had their first regulation home loss since December 19 on Saturday as they fell to the New York Rangers by a 4-1 score. Despite picking up an early lead on a Marc Methot goal, they couldn't mount enough of a push after the Rangers took a lead to come back and now prepare to hit the road for four games. Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the loss after the game.
Here's what he had to say...
On the difference in the game:
Speed. I thought they were quicker than us with the puck, without the puck and I thought that was the difference in the game.
On if it's tough to expect the team's performance to stay at such a high level:
The expectation is that we will be sharp all the time. I'm not sure that we were that bad today, mistakes we made they took advantage of and I thought the speed of the game went up and down the rink pretty good, but I thought they were a touch quicker than we were. When we made mistakes they made us pay for it and when they made them we didn't make them pay. That ended up being the difference.
On the push back in the third:
I thought we had some push but we never had second and third opportunities when they were there. I thought, again, they were quicker boxing out and their goalie ended up making some saves for them. Again, it goes back to I thought they were just a touch quicker than we were.
The one at the end of the second period, that's a crucial time to be taking care of the puck. At the end of the game we're trying to get something going heading up the ice so stuff happens. Turnovers, again, have been a bugaboo for us. We've been very good at not turning over pucks in those areas and today we came back and we turned it over and when we did they didn't make any mistakes.
On the afternoon struggles:
Well I don't know what it is but the good news is we don't have any more at home. I think we have a couple of 5 o'clocks on Sunday and possibly one in Boston. That's the good news of today and the positive we take out of it is we don't have to do it again.
On the effect of late period goals:
Well it's a momentum swing for sure. Instead of being down one you're down two and it gives momentum to the other team going into the room and now you have to work even harder coming out of your room to start the period to get something going. You need two instead. You need three to win, you need two to tie instead of needing one or two. It's a significant difference.
On if he needs to speak with a player who has made a clear mistake:
I think he feels bad enough, you have 19 other teammates and — I think everybody knows it's not a very good play to make. When it's pretty obvious it's pretty obvious.
On the good start:
I thought we got the lead and we had the first power play and I didn't think we took charge of that situation at all. I thought from that point forward they were quicker than us and dictated the game.
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