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Coach MacLean post-game - 1.30.2014

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators put together one of their most complete home ice performances on Thursday night, getting goals from five different players and 35 stops from Craig Anderson en route to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here's what Sens head coach Paul MacLean had to say after the win.

On the win:

I thought we played fine, I really enjoyed the game. We got scoring from three scoring lines and the Da Costa line was real good at keeping momentum when we had it. In the third period we give them a shorthanded goal and then they come back, get the goalie out with a lot of courage by them to do that and they got one more but I thought at the end of the day we were better and won the game.

On the performance as a good sign:

I thought so, I thought we dictated the game from when we had it at 2-0. I thought we were a very good team for two periods, in the third period we get a 5-1 lead early and I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit and gave them some momentum with the shorthanded goal but for the most part I thought as far as playing at home the first and second period were probably the most consistent we've been in a long time. It gets us over .500 at home and we need to keep winning.

On the defensive performance:

I thought we have done a much better job of playing in the defensive zone and cutting off passing lanes much better than we did. In the third period, again, is another whole story, we gave them momentum in the last 10 minutes but for the most part our defensive game is improving.

On the road trip ahead as a test of character:

I think that it is for sure and the last three we played were pretty tough places too. I think it's a good opportunity for our team, we've played better and we're getting better so now it's an opportunity for us to show that. We haven't played Toronto in quite a while so any time we go there it's going to be a good game and Pittsburgh and St. Louis are two good teams and it's a real good challenge for us. I think we're excited about the opportunity and with the way that we're playing we're going to give ourselves a chance.

On the road success:

I think on the road we accept50/50. I thought tonight in the first two periods we accepted 50/50 a little bit, they're going to have some play, we're going to have some play, they're going to have some play and to not force things just to try and make things happen. I think we've done a much better job tonight, at least in the first two periods, of having that same mentality at home.

On the road/home PP disparity:

That's an anomaly that I can't explain. We are one on the road and we're 30 at home. I don't know if it's the polarity or maybe it's the polar vortex but it has to be. That's the only think I can come up with is the polar vortex.

On the status of Stone and Phillips:

We're going to evaluate that tomorrow. Stone, I believe, is going to make the trip and Philly we're going to see if him staying for the next couple of days might help him more than just being with us on the road. We're going to decide that tomorrow. Right now I would say he is out for the Toronto game and at the earliest possible for St. Louis…I have to talk to Gerry about it but at this point I don't expect him to play in Toronto. He might come on the trip if that's the way he feels but we'll see how it goes.

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