The Ottawa Senators were in tough against the San Jose Sharks today — the NHL's top team through the month of October — and, despite carrying the play for large stretches, a handful of miscues plagued the team once again as they fell by a 5-2 score.
Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the loss after the game. Here's what he had to say...
On the loss:
We can't keep giving teams 2-0 leads or more and expect to have any opportunity to win the game. If you're chasing the game all the time you're just going to wear yourself out.
On if the Sens were outplayed or beat themselves:
Well they're a good team. I thought we generated some shots at their net but we didn't generate any goals. I just thought we chased the game all night.
On generating second and third scoring opportunities:
I thought we had opportunities, second and thirds. They either got in the way of them or the goalie stopped them or we tightened up on them or whatever. We generated, I thought, enough scoring chances to win the game, we just gave up too many easy ones for goals for them.
On concerns about the team's play:
I'm very concerned, I'm very concerned about the way we've played to this point in the season. We need to come back here tomorrow and continue to work on our game and continue to get better.
On the Wingels shorthanded goal:
I think shorthanded goals are always momentum changers in any game and that certainly was as well.
On giving up the first goal:
Well this is a concern we have, we've talked about our identity. What is it? Our identity in the past has been a hard working group, very competitive, comes to play the whole game, plays hard the whole game. Right now we don't do that. What is our identity? The concern that we have is are we becoming something we weren't? We have to find a way to turn that around and get back to doing what we do.
On the slow starts:
I think it's all about everybody being ready to play. That starts with myself and the leadership group to make sure that we're ready to play the game and when the puck drops we're ready to play. It's up to each and every player to make sure they're ready, but it's up to the coaching staff and the leadership group to make sure we're ready to go and obviously we haven't done a good enough job of getting our team ready to play the game.
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