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Coach MacLean post-game - 3.30.2014

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Sens followed up a big Friday night win over the Blackhawks on Friday night with a win over the Flames on Sunday by a 6-3 score. Goals from Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris, Jared Cowen and Clarke MacArthur were the offence required while Robin Lehner turned aside 37 shots to earn the victory. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the win.

Here's what he had to say...

On the win:

In the first and third I thought we were very good, I didn't like the team that came out in the second. It's a 60 minute game and I thought the way we started the game was very good and the way we finished, we were very pleased with how we played in the third period, giving up six shots and we were able to put the game away.

On Lehner:

Robin in the previous three games he played had points in those games. When Andy first got hurt he had some struggles but he really worked hard to get his game back to where he needed to be. In Tampa Bay he wins in the shootout and in Florida he gets another point. Three of the five points we've got in the last three games, Robin Lehner had a big part in them. We just felt that today was a good opportunity with back-to-back games and Andy just coming off the injury and playing well against Chicago that it would give us a chance to get both of them in and make sure they both stay healthy.

On the message heading into the third:

It was just let's find a way to win it but let's make sure we play the way we want to play and I thought we did that.

On the veteran play:

I thought the Spezza line was very good in getting us the lead and Turris' line in the third period and second half of the game took over the game a little bit getting a couple of goals. I thought Chris Phillips in the back of lineup help stabilize us in the back end and the third period especially that group was responsible for a lot of good play.

On scratching Ceci:

Well it was a lot based on putting a guy in that has played 1,300 games in the league and an alternate captain on your team in a situation where he's healthy and he's ready to go. The other part of it is the play of Patrick Wiercioch since we put him in the lineup when Phillips got hurt, he has been very active, asserting himself, he's been good with the puck and moving the puck. It just felt like when we look at everybody's performance that it might be time for him to watch a game and just take a deep breath and then come back tomorrow against Carolina. We just thought his game was starting to get a bit cautious and we wanted him to watch the game and come back tomorrow and get back to being that aggressive player that uses his skating ability to defend and to play... We wrestled with it for sure, there's the old "Don't break up the band, they're playing good," so that was a big part of it. We had to make sure Chris was really ready to go. Lots of times we talk to these old guys and they say "We're ready to go," but things are still a little bit kinked up. At the same time taking someone out is never easy to do and today wasn't an easy day to do it but at the end of the day we win the game, we're back here tomorrow and let's get going again.

On the team's approach down the stretch:

I'm just going game by game like I always do. We know we've got a good team coming here tomorrow, we're going to enjoy the win here for another 35 minutes. We've got to come back here tomorrow and play. All I know is we've got eight games left and we've got to win them. I still say I'm going to like where we are at 82 games, I might be dreaming, but at the same time that's what I believe.

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