The Ottawa Senators had several positives on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings but ultimately couldn't earn the breaks they needed as they fell by a 4-2 score. Sens coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the loss.
Here's what he had to say...
On today's performance:
I thought we were better in a lot of areas but the end result isn't good enough. We, again, have to find a way to play harder. To have — I don't know if it's emotion or enthusiasm playing at home, we get down 2-0 again, we need to come determined to be better at home.
On the intensity of the third:
Well I thought in the third period they did a good job to bar the door and we were — I thought we executed, got in, got some opportunities, we get the goalie out and get one to get to three but I think the big part of the game was the second period and we had power play opportunities. I think we had four power plays and four shots, and we got three line changes, they catch us on three line changes and they get the odd man rush and they don't miss. They're a team where if you give them those opportunities they're going to take advantage of them. They took what we gave them and they made it the difference in the game.
On the emotions of the Alfredsson homecoming:
It was another game for me. I don't know what it was for Daniel, I can't speak for Daniel, but for me it was another game that we had to play and had to win and we didn't do enough to win.
On what didn't go right on the PP:
We were 25 per cent in the faceoff circle, we won two of eight faceoffs, so we started without the puck most of the time and they did a — their forecheck and entry didn't allow us any clean entries or we didn't execute against it, one or the other, and we ended up going up and down the rink working on the break out instead of working on their zone shooting the puck on the net.
On the speed issues:
For me, yes (the lack of speed is an issue) and I think it has been a slower team because of our execution. Tonight we turned the puck over seven times, other nights we've done it way more than that. I think our lack of execution makes us a slower team and forces you to play more in your own zone and we've been through this over and over again and we need to execute better so we can be faster. We want to be a fast team, we want to be a 200 foot team, but a big part of that is execution.
On line changes:
Three line changes they scored on yes. You give a veteran team that kind of opportunity they're going to take advantage of it.
On the line juggling in the second:
Just trying to get a goal. We were down 2-0 and lets see if we can find something, I mean, we got some shots I just thought we needed to tinker with something to see if we could get something to go.
On Lehner's game:
We have no issue with Robin's game, I don't have any issues with that. The line changes, the opportunities they got. Yeah, we'd like one more save or one more play but those were pretty good opportunities for them. We have no issue with Robin's game.
On the losing streak at home:
We're not doing it hard enough, we need to be harder. We could look at the stat sheet and say it flattered us a little bit with the shots on goal or this or that, but at the end of the day we didn't do enough to win. Is that playing harder, is that work ethic, is that being smarter — it's all of the above I would say. We can just categorize it I guess under one term and that's we need to play harder…We need wins, as I said earlier in the year, you end up being what you are. If this is what we are, we need to keep working at it. Obviously we need to keep working at it and that's what we're going to do. We're going to come back tomorrow at noon and continue to work at getting better and better. We still believe we have a good group, we're not as good as we want to be right now or need to be right now and we need to keep working at it.
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