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Paul MacLean after game one of two in St. John's

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after the Senators dropped the first leg of their doubleheader by a 3-2 score to the New York Islanders in St. John's...

On the performance:

I thought that our competition level for the total 60 minutes was very good. I thought things that we've been working on I saw in our game and we need to continue to work on them, but I thought it was a hard-working effort by the group. We have a chance to win it in the third, they have a chance and they end up winning it.

On the line chemistry:

I thought Mika's line was good, all the line combinations were effective and did good things for us and the D-pairings. We could have executed a little cleaner in our zone and it would have helped us a little bit but the competition level we had in our game and the structure we had in our game was good.

On Pageau:

We want to see him be consistent and I thought tonight Jean-Gabriel was an important player for us. He was good on the penalty kill, he was good on the play they scored the goal. I thought his line was effective all night long. We just need him to consistently do those things and do it at an NHL level night after night.

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