In two straight losses the Ottawa Senators have run into two strong goaltending performances that decided one goal games. In two straight losses the Ottawa Senators generated over 80 attempts on the opposition goal. In two straight losses the tone from Head Coach Paul MacLean could not have been more different afterwards.
Following the overtime loss to Carolina, Coach was positive, praising the performance of Cam Ward who stood on his head to steal a point from the Sens at Scotiabank Place. Following the regulation loss to Winnipeg, Coach gave Al Montoya his due for earning a shutout on the road, but ultimately stressed that the Sens simply weren't good enough. When they were, it was a case of too little, too late.
Coach highlighted bright spots in Ben Bishop and Stephane Da Costa for the team. Bishop put to rest any worries over his start in Tampa Bay with a superb performance. He turned aside 36 shots, many of which demanded excellent stops, and gave the team a chance to win from the outset. Da Costa may have had his best game as a member of the Sens, generating plenty of offence and earning extra ice time in additional situations. He even earned himself a promotion to the first line during a portion fo the third period.
Of concern for Ottawa is an injury to Peter Regin. Regin was injured in the first period and didn't return for the duration of the game. His status moving forward is currently unknown.
Here's a Twitter rundown of MacLean's comments:
For those of you who are more inclined towards audio, you can listen to coach talk about the Sens play in the loss here on this page.