Senators rookie tournament head coach Luke Richardson gave his thoughts on the team's performance after their 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon. Here's what he had to say...
On Claesson's performance as captain:
He was a standout for us all year last year so we're not surprised, but it was nice to see him start off the way he finished last year and really give us a good leadership role here tonight.
High end skill, they got a goal shorthanded, they had a real nice chance on another one where Puempel just missed and Puempel missed another chance on the power play. Curtis Lazar is a special player, Puempel is a goal scorer — he scores really nice goals as we saw tonight and probably could have had a couple more. I'm sure once he gets his timing back he'll be doing that again for us this year or hopefully up in Ottawa at some time.
On what he wants to see:
I think we need to play more as a cohesive unit out there. We were a little bit erratic at times tonight which caused us to drop three goals in the third period which cost us the game. We spent too much time in our zone, we'll need to be a bit more composed and obviously as guys get to know each other better and the first timers here get help from the experienced guys, this experience tonight will carry us over into the weekend and make us stronger and stronger. We're a talented group, especially up front, so the more we have the puck the better we'll be.
On the goalie switch:
I think after all the penalties I just wanted to get our feet on the ground and get another shift in but that was the plan. I thought Driedger went in and played well, we just collapsed a little bit in front of him in the third and gave up the power play goal at the end so that's too bad. I thought Hammond looked real solid and Driedger made a lot of stops. One might have slipped in on the shortside on him but the last one he had no chance, we were scrambling around and put him in a tough position.