Sens defenceman Marc Methot offered his thoughts after the team's Sunday morning practice at the Bell Sensplex, which came off a big 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
Here's what he had to say...
On putting the first half of the season behind them:
We kind of wanted to start on a clean slate here and we kind of made that clear before the game. That was something we had in mind that we'd put the first part of the season behind our backs and just focus here on the second half and try to get a lot more wins. That's the only way you'll get into the playoffs.
On players digging deeper with injuries:
Absolutely, everyone had to. It's funny how it works, last year was proof as well — guys kind of stepped up, you're forced into a bigger role and you've got to perform or you're not going to play. I think it puts a lot of the younger guys on the spot and adds responsibility to their game and I don't think that's always a bad thing.
On Chris Neil's post-game speech in Boston:
Neiler spoke up after the Boston game, he's a leader on this team and it's his job to do that. He had some choice words, basically just saying that we had to pick it up and that's the simplest terms I can put it. Obviously it was a pretty crappy effort that we put forth in Boston and we heard about it. He was reaming into us pretty good and that's his job and he's a leader.
On Neil's leadership by example:
That's why we respect him, Neiler, that's what he does. He works really hard, he's a hard worker, he's a grinder and that's what he has done his whole career and you've got to respect a guy who has been doing it for as hard and as long as he has been and anytime he speaks up we listen.
On his play's improvement since his return:
A lot of it has to do with just being confident in yourself and I just wanted to come back and obviously round off my game and be a little more consistent in all areas. Some games when I'm quiet out there it's probably a good thing and that's what I'm trying to change right now. I'm not trying to do too much anymore, I think that was a problem earlier on in the season, I was trying to do other guys' jobs and that's something where I've just got to put faith in my teammates.
On scoring as a confidence boost:
I'm not going to complain about that (having a goal credited to Turris), that was just funny, I thought I had it and I didn't but, you know, it helps when you're a defensive guy like me and I get a couple of points, that gives me so much confidence. The more I can chip in offensively the better off I'll be.
On shuffling D partners:
I was playing with Grybes, I like playing with him, he's a nice partner to have. I have a lot of experience with him last year, he's pretty easy to play with…When you're playing with Karl it's more covering for him and whatnot when he's jumping up in the rush but with Grybes it's more of a balanced line and it allows me to jump up more and get more offensive so I kind of like that.
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