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Coach MacLean post-game - 1.2.2014

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Sens earned their second three-game winning streak of the season on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets on the strength of goals from Mika Zibanejad, Milan Michalek, Zack Smith and Clarke MacArthur while Craig Anderson turned aside 32 shots to preserve the win. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the game.

Here's what he had to say...

On the win:

I thought it was a competitive game up and down the rink as we expected it would be and I thought that we scored some good goals. I thought Mika's line, again, gave us some offence. It was a diffrence maker in the game, we found a way to win the game which is important, and now we've got the three times, three wins in a row for the second time this year and it's a great opportunity for us now going on the road to continue to see if we can string some wins together.

On the contributions of the forward group without Spezza:

Well we're pretty pleased we were able to generate three-plus goals in the games we've been able to win. Mika's line has been the line that has generated it so that gives us lots of confidence moving forward, getting a guy like Jason back should make us be an even more dangerous team. At the same time the other thing we have to do is make sure we pay attention to the type of opportunities we're giving up as well and not just be focused on scoring goals.

On the next steps:

Beside just win the next one we have to keep working at it. I think we have to come back again tomorrow and keep working on what we're doing. Obviously tonight we didn't do everything correctly, you're not going to do everything correct in a game, there's parts of our game — we still need to work at parts of our game and we have to come back here tomorrow and do it. We're going into Montreal, it's a great place to play. It's a great place to play games on the road and we should really be looking forward to it right now. They're a good team, it's going to be a heck of a test for us and we should be coming in here tomorrow fired up.

On the improvement over December:

I think we have improved and I guess it is by marks and measures, I'm not sure what the measures are, but we're better, our game is more consistent from shift-to-shift and timeout-to-timeout and game-to-game. That's what we need to do is continue to work at that and continue to work at our game. We're not at an elite level but that's what we're working towards and we have to continue to do that.

On the bounces going their way:

With puck luck you make your own luck, if you work hard enough and you play hard enough things go your way. Obviously we're playing harder and we're working at it harder and that's what makes puck luck.

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