|Colin Greening and the Sens have gained energy from the huge playoff support the team's fans have shown (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images). |
I’ve been in similar environments before, but nothing to that extent — 20,000 screaming fans, all of them waving white towels in support of us. It was definitely a lot of fun and I think we fed off it. The first shift, I was out there and I felt good and had a lot of energy. That definitely helped us in that game.
It’s hard to describe the feeling when you first step out on the ice and it’s that loud. You feel a little more amped up, you’re a little more excited and a little bit happier. You almost, for a second, reflect and think ‘wow, this is a great time of the year.’ And it is the most fun time of the year. You just take all of that in for maybe half a second and then you realize you need to keep an even keel. You don’t want to get too jacked up.
Even on the streets, you can feel the playoff excitement. I see a lot more car flags out. People are always wishing me good luck, which is really nice. But you can feel it everywhere you go. There’s a little more excitement and that’s great to see. I always expected that from a Canadian city, especially Ottawa. the capital. We’re really happy that the fans are showing a lot more support now.
As far as the game, it was physical and it was intense. In the playoffs, everyone talks about how your goalie has to be your best player and both teams had their goalie be their best player on Monday night. In my opinion, I thought it was a really good playoff game and hopefully, there’s more to come and we’ll be on the winning side next time.
We definitely came out of that game with a positive attitude. You’re frustrated immediately after the game, and those games can be frustrating because you feel you deserved a bit better result. That’s tough sometimes, when you put so much work into it, you get the chances and you just can’t bury anything.
When you put that kind of work in and you don’t get rewarded for it, that can be frustrating. But we realize that’s part of hockey. It’s a part of sports and it’s a part of life. We’re happy with where we are right now and we know we can play with this team. It’s going to be hectic the rest of the series and we’re just excited that we can play for our fans one more time before we head back to New York.