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Locker Room Recap: Apr. 13th

A summary of comments from the locker room the day after the Sens Game #1 loss to the Bruins.

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens opted for meetings instead of a skate today but did meet with the media to discuss dropping Game #1 to the Bruins last night, working towards Saturday's game and more...

We'll start with the coach who spoke at length about the mental side of the game today and points to the team's cautiousness in the third period as a potential learning tool moving forward in the series.

His thoughts on last night's game:

I thought we had a really good first two periods. In the second period, we didn't give one shot to the opponent and I think it's the first time since 1939 that it's happened to them in the playoffs so I think that's pretty good. Going into the third, they just stuck with what they were doing and we did not. We didn't change our game plan whatsoever, we didn't want something different at all but I think we didn't manage it well mentally. We looked scared to lose instead of hungry to win. We backed off for no reason, we weren't going after them in their zone, we weren't going after them in the neutral zone either and we packed it in in our zone...kind of cocooning in our D zone for no reason and that's just a mental state for me. We were asking for trouble.

On the team's mentality this season:

All year we've been very aggressive and it's about pushing forward. We haven't changed anything for a long time, of course we tweak things but our mentality is to be very aggressive. It's a mental state of mind and we remind the players of that but I think you have to go through it. I've lived it before and you look at last night and 4 out of 5 teams lost at home except the Stanley Cup Champions which is a team that has experience and have gone through it.

Video: April 13: Sens vs. Bruins - Boucher Media

 

The players also spent some time with the media today reflecting back on Game #1. You can watch their comments below courtesy of Sens TV but we've also transcribed a selection of them as well.

Dion Phaneuf on what the team has to work on leading up to game 2:

I think really we started well for the most part. We came out and executed the way that we wanted to, had a good second period and then we tailed off in the third. So we've got to tighten up our game for the final twenty minutes and make sure that, it might sound cliché but we have to play for sixty. We just did some uncharacteristic things that when we have success we don't do - and that was turning the puck over a few times too many and it costed us. So we've got to tighten up. We will do that, we've got to refocus and get ready for Saturday. I think that we have to find a way to keep pushing instead of maybe sitting back. We've got to find a way to continue to play our game while playing well defensively. We've got to manage that and we will.


Mark Stone on adjustments the team needs to make before Saturday:

I think the main thing that we need to do is to continue to press. I think when you look at that second period, which was one of the better periods we've played all year, and then we came out flat in the third. So I think our key would be to continue to do what we did in that period. 


Kyle Turris on staying focused on the task at hand:

All that matters is the feeling we have in the room and we're confident. It's one game and it's a long series so we're excited to get back at it.


Alex Burrows on the slim margin for error in the playoffs:

You look around the league and there were a lot of teams yesterday that played well but didn't get the results. You just have to keep grinding and you just have to keep believing in your structure and your system. If you keep doing the right things over and over, it's going to pay off in the end. For us, we've learned from yesterday's mistakes and we'll get better for Game #2.

Video: April 13: Sens vs. Bruins - Player Media

 

And finally, Tommy Wingels was a guest on last night's All Access post-game show presented by Bell and spoke about keeping things in perspective being down 1-0 in their first round series against the Bruins:

Tweet from @Senators: ICYMI: Tommy Wingels from last night's All Access presented by Bell. #ALLINWATCH: https://t.co/fpiYqRMK81 pic.twitter.com/Nu3C7pTZrw

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