(Forward Colin Greening, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, who saw 24 games worth of duty with the Ottawa Senators this season, is back in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators for the Calder Cup playoffs. He'll provide some insights in a series of blog posts for OttawaSenators.com).
It was an incredible feeling last night, winning Game 5 in overtime and keeping our season alive. You don’t want to think about that kind of stuff going into the game, especially when you’re going into overtime. But once you finally get that goal and you realize ‘we’re hopping back on the bus again tomorrow, our season is still going,’ it’s a pretty great feeling. We were happy to see Daugy (Kaspars Daugavins) get that goal because we felt he really deserved it, so that was an added bonus as well.
We had lost the previous two games we played at home in this series but this time, It was a matter of being more resilient. Our power play was really huge for us. The two goals in the third period came from our power play and they were really big. Other than that, we just stuck with it. I have to give props to (Ryan) Potulny and (Mike) Hoffman, who really came up big for us on the PP when we needed it.
The confidence level in this series has always been high for us. We realize that every single game we’ve played so far has been close. Just think about it — out of five games, three of them went to overtime. The other two games could have gone either way. So everyone’s always been confident. Now it’s 3-2 and if we win more game, then we’re going to Game 7. So we’re going to hop on that bus to Manchester with everyone feeling good.
Nothing changes in the way we’ll approach Game 6. We want to have the exact same mentality we had last night. We go out and play with a lot of confidence and with a lot of positivity on the bench. Last night, we showed what can come from having that attitude, so we’re just going to stick with that.
Right now, we’re taking it one game at a time in this series. It’s the only way you can look at it. You can even bring it down to another level. It’s just one period at a time and one shift at a time. If you try to look ahead to the next round or even Game 7 in this series, you’re going to lose track of what’s important. That’s just living in the moment and taking everything one shift at a time. Timely goals are going to be big for us the rest of the way. We’ve proven we can win games when we take care of that.
When we played Game 2 in Manchester, we came from being down 2-0 after two periods to win in overtime. That was absolutely huge for us. That’s the most important thing, to realize that we can come back when we’re down. So if they do get the first goal, nobody panics on the bench and everyone realizes it doesn’t matter who scores the first goal. We’ve just got to make sure we keep playing as well as we can.