The Sens got off to a slow start in the first period and ultimately couldn't solve Ducks goaltender Frederik Anderson enough times to pull out there win on Friday night. Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal on a power play and was one of the primary Sens catalysts offensively, while Craig Anderson made 26 saves to keep Ottawa in the game all night.
Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the loss. Here's what he had to say...
On the slow start to the game:
Well I thought the opposition came in and — it's the second time we've played them in whatever amount of days it was — and they played really good again. They're real fast, they're real quick, they didn't give us a lot of time and space to do anything. They were, I thought for the most part, they were better than we were and we turned over some pucks in the first period. We turned over pucks all night long. Our goalie gave us an opportunity at the end to get something out of the game and we weren't able to do it, but I thought their team showed a lot — again, if we want to be a team that plays 200 feet and plays with speed and plays with that energy, they were better than we were at it.
On the penalties killing momentum:
They were Duracell drainers for sure, but the opposition put us under some pressure and forced us to take penalties. That's what good teams do to you and that's what speed does to you. We didn't — I thought the speed they got on to us on the forecheck gave our defence a hard time and moving the puck as a result, we ended up extending our shifts and extending our shifts and when you do that you take penalties.
On the team's consistency issues:
That's a good question.
On bumping Zibanejad to the top line:
He was playing, he was playing well. I thought he played well in Detroit, I thought his shifts were going well tonight so we felt we needed to do something to give him an opportunity and when you're one of the best players we've got to get you out there.
On turnovers leading to goals:
I thought the second one for sure was a freebie. On the first one I thought they came in with some pretty good speed and we didn't execute maybe well defensively, but they did come at us with some speed and backed us off. After they backed us off we didn't attack the puck beneath the goal line quick enough and we didn't sort it out. We had people there, but we didn't sort it out. It was a good play by their best players — they made a good play and they scored. That happens in this league a lot.
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