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Coach MacLean post-practice - 2.21.2014

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Sens went back to work at the Bell Sensplex today and, afterwards, Paul MacLean met with the media to offer his thoughts after the skate.

Here's what he had to say...

On today's practice:

Yesterday with the outdoor practice, with the ice the way it was, it was a little bit tentative to say the least. I thought it gave us a chance to come back and get at it today and get the work boots on and I thought that's what we did.

On increasing the intensity:

We just had nine days off or whatever it was so we don't want to come back and put our foot on the gas right away. We want to make sure we do things the right way and make sure we're spending lots of good time in the gym and getting everything sorted out. But, everyday we have to start to push it and push it and push it and I thought today was really the first day we were able to put the foot on the gas and push it. I think that tomorrow is going to be another day, Sunday is an off-day and then we come back on Monday and it should be a go.

On the practices as teaching time:

This is the practices that we have left. Once we start on the 27th we have very few practice days after that. We have 23 games in 46 days so practice time is going to be limited. This is an opportunity for us to make adjustments or make changes or confirm how we want to play and how we have to play in the last 23 games so this is a teaching block or a coaching block that you don't usually have and we're trying to take advantage of it.

On Bobby Ryan's absence:

We're making sure he goes on the ice when he's ready to go on the ice. He's got something that's nagging on him so we want to make sure he's 100 per cent. We don't play until the 27th so he's got lots of days that he can skate so there's no sense in us — before Monday even — if he feels good enough to go on the ice tomorrow that would be great but at this point in time there's no concern on our part about it, but we anticipate by Monday he'll be ready to practice.

On the Olympic snub helping the recovery:

As it turns out I guess it would be. He had an opportunity to rest it and he came back and it kind of nagged him after day one so we just said hey, let's shut it down, let's make sure. We have another block here before we really have to get practicing starting on Monday and we're, just like we did with Jason and Chris and everybody, we're trying to manage the injury and not have it manage us.

On Karlsson's game winner vs. Finland:

I think any time you can play at that level and in those circumstances it's a great learning experience and it's a great chance to learn a lot about yourself. The way they scored the goal, they stuck with it and the power play was just about at an end when they finally got an opportunity. It's a great experience for Erik and if he's gaining good experience it can only be good for us.

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