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Coach MacLean post-game - 2.6.2014

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Sens knocked off the Buffalo Sabres in dramatic fashion on Thursday night as a Milan Michalek goal — his second of the night — with 20 seconds on the clock was the winner in a 3-2 win over the Sabres. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the game.

Here's what he had to say...

On the win:

I thought our team came out and played very well. I thought we controlled a lot of the game. We stubbed our toe a little at the halfway point of the third period and gave up a couple of opportunities that ended up in the net but at the end of the game our best players stepped up and got us a win.

On Spezza and Michalek:

Jason made a couple of great plays tonight and Milo finding the net is a good thing for us and I thought Andy was good in the net. I thought our penalty killers did a good job again tonight. We took penalties on our power play which would probably be the most negative thing out of the game tonight but I thought the whole group came out and played hard.

On the recent penalty killing success:

I think winning faceoffs and we've been doing a much better job up the ice and on the initial entry into our zone, we've contested it and been harder to play against in our end.

On keeping the team motivated ahead of the break:

Well we'll tell them to read the standings and take it from there.

On Michalek:

We knew there were still lots of goals in Milo, it's taken a long time to get them to come out this year but his work ethic, his play without the puck and his abilities on the penalty kill — there has never been a question of his contributions to the team. He's a great teammate and player and if we could just stay with it and stay with it good things would happen for him.

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