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Coach MacLean post-game - 12.16.2013

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Sens came back to win Monday night's game in dramatic fashion. After surrendering a 1-0 lead late in the second period, the Sens tied it up on a goal from Bobby Ryan in the third and earned the win on Cody Ceci's first career NHL goal in overtime to beat the St. Louis Blues by a 3-2 score. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the win.

Here's what he had to say...

On the win:

I win is still a win is a win is a win but we feel much better about the way we played. We played, obviously, a very good opponent in back-to-back games. The game against LA the other night didn't turn out asnearly as good as thing one did but I thought we responded and our competition level and commitment to playing without the puck and playing the game hard was much better and at a much higher level. The good news for us is we did it and now we have to come back and get prepared to do it again. That starts tomorrow in practice right away that our competition level remains high.

On the OT:

In the 4-on-3 we had a couple opportunities to shoot it. We wanted Mika to shoot it, we wanted Jason to shoot it off of those opportunities and Erik to shoot it. We got those shots, they didn't go in. I thought that Cody had another strong game obviously getting the winning goal here at home and against the St. Louis Blues is a pretty big night for him. They might re-name the highway to Orleans or something.

On the complete performance:

We've had a couple complete games, the game in Detroit was a pretty good game, but lately we're feeling that this is a game — we gained some traction in our previous five or six games, we lost a little bit of that traction against LA. For half of the LA game we were actually a pretty competitive team to get the game back to 3-2 against a good team, they found a way to close us out. Tonight we played a pretty consistent game except for the last five minutes of the second period, we found a way to gift wrap two goals for them to give them the lead, but we found a way to come back again and respond in the third period to get the game tied up and get the game won in overtime. We believe we're getting some traction, now we go into New Jersey, we've got three games in four nights, it's an opportunity for us. Are we really gaining traction? If we are we've got to be ready to play and we've got to be ready to win.

On Robin Lehner:

I thought Robin was solid in net, I thought he showed the way that he is capable of playing. He gave us the goaltending we needed, he gave us a chance to win and I thought it was a solid performance.

On the good start:

That's what we're trying to figure out what it was, whether it was new Gatorade or they had Green Tea instead of Earl Grey Tea or what they did differently, we have to find out what it was. It might have just been as simple as actually using the warmup to skate and getting yourself ready to play. It might have been that simple.

On if there was carry over from the LA loss:

I would hope that would be part of that, maybe more important than the Green Tea.

On Cody Ceci:

We let him enjoy the night, we might never get him back. I was going to ask him if he knew who Eddie Shack was, but he probably didn't so I didn't bother asking. It seemed like he was skating around there a lot after the game. Really good for him to have that opportunity to come in and score your first NHL goal, I think that's pretty neat. We'll get him in here tomorrow and try to see if we can get some of the swelling down.

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