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Coach MacLean post-game - 10.19.2013

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

In almost a full reversal of what took place this past Thursday, the Sens controlled the game against the Edmonton Oilers with a shot-attempt differential of 71-29 and winning roughly 60 per cent of the draws. However, they could only beat Devan Dubnyk on one occasion and fell to the Oilers by a 3-1 score.

Sens head coach Paul MacLean had this to say after the game...

On trailing after a period:

I thought it was a solid 60 minutes by our team, probably the best full game that we've played to this point this season, so that's positive. We just, in the first period, gave them a couple of opportunities. We played a little too casually and they made us pay.

On the penalties as a concern:

Yeah, but again, turnovers end up putting us in bad spots and we're not moving our feet to play defence so those are still a bit of a concern. The positive we take out of it was that we played a full game, we just need to play better.

On the momentum shift early in the third:

Well our power play was, I thought, the thing that let us down the most. Our 5-on-5 play was good, we should have had some better opportunities on our power plays and didn't. I didn't think we had enough determination or attack the net with enough determination.

On if a good bounce early would have changed the outcome:

I don't think we had enough traffic at their net, we didn't get to their net probably as much as we needed to. If we could have got a little more traffic it probably would have helped us a lot, but they did a good job of boxing us out.

On missed shots:

Well we had a lot of attempts, at least we're shooting the puck. We have the puck to shoot it. Hitting the net is something that — you're not trying to miss the net.

On if individuals were trying to do too much:

Well I'm not sure about the power play, sometimes during the game I thought we tried to do things by ourselves a little bit too much, but for the most part I thought the power play, when they were in the zone — for me they never shoot it enough. But that's just me. They had some play with the puck and made some plays, I think we need to have more of a dedicated net front presence so we can shoot it.

On if the PP should be elite given the personnel:

If you look at the names and stats and history I suppose that's true, but when you put it all together they have to work as a unit and work at it if it's going to be successful.

On if Dubnyk saw the puck too well:

Yeah, I thought we could have been at the net more and put the puck there more and then created more second and third opportunities. The goal we scored was off a second opportunity so we could have done that more often.

On Derek Grant:

I thought he was fine. He was over 50 per cent in the faceoff circle, penalty killing he did a good job. We can complain we didn't get him on the ice enough I suppose, but we're very pleased for his first game coming back up at how he played.

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