In a game filled with a handful of momentum swings the Ottawa Senators "dug in" once again on Monday night and handed the Philadelphia Flyers a 5-4 shootout loss — the Sens' first shootout win of the year — to take two points before hopping on a flight to Buffalo.
Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after the win...
On tonight's win:
Well, I think the goalie decided to win a game in the shootout. I thought he made a couple of saves when it was 4-4 as well and I thought the third period, again, responded after giving up the lead in the second period and got a goal in the shootout.
On tonight's stats reflecting the effort:
Well I think the stat sheet is trending in our favour as far as shots on goal, attempts on goal, faceoff percentage, all of the telling stats in the game and we want that to continue and hopefully this last game the other night and tonight, we're getting points in games, we're getting something out of games and we're getting some traction. If we can go into Buffalo tomorrow night and continue to work at our game and continue to get better and harder at our game, then we're going to continue to have success.
On Clarke MacArthur and Jason Spezza:
I thought Clarke was excellent all night, Jason obviously got the big goal in the shootout for us, I thought Chris Phillips and our defensive core had a good night as a group. I thought the Smith line, our penalty killers I though were, again, a good group. The physicality of Kassian and Smith and Neil I thought was important along with Greening. All of the aspects of our team, we feel, are starting to come together and we just need to keep doing it and doing it and doing it just a little bit harder again.
On if he considered taking Spezza out of the shootout lineup:
Dave Cameron picked them tonight so I didn't change anything. It's not on me it's on him…No (it's not the first time an assistant has picked them), it's the first time I've given them credit for it.
On the win as an emotional building block:
I think the game the other night was the same, we had to come back in the third period to get something out of the game. Tonight we had to do the same thing. Those are still building blocks and things that we can grab on to and get some traction as we move forward here. Right now we're playing three games in four nights so we've got lots of games. If we get some traction and get something going that would be a good thing for our team. I think every time we battled together to get a result, that's going to give us a bit more traction and get us going.
On the sense of relief with a shootout win:
Well we're happy to get rid of that weight but we've won one in a row lots of times it seems this year — five, six, seven times and now the test is going to be tomorrow night to go into Buffalo and see if we can do it again. That's the test for our group is consistency. Can we come back and can we do it again? Can we repeat it again or do it just a little bit harder? That's what we've got to keep think about and working at is just doing it a little bit harder than we did.
On defenders jumping in the rush:
Not specifically go to the net, but we want our defence to be involved in the play and on the rush if they can be. A lot of times it's just Erik that goes and we need someone to be a fourth if the opportunity is there — we don't want to just be running up there and going — but we encourage them to be involved in the play.
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