As the Sens get ready to host their 9th annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, we caught up with Jean-Gabriel Pageau to talk about the emotions surrounding tonight's game against the Sabres, the team's progress so far this season and more...
On tonight's Hockey Fights Cancer night taking on a special meaning this year:
With what is happening right now with Andy's wife it's easy for us to get that motivation that we need for tonight's game. Showing our support will all be in our work ethic and that little motivation that we need. We all have family members or friends that have dealt with it so it's easy to relate to someone that has it and to get that motivation that we need for the game.
On not being distracted by the recent injuries and roster moves:
Obviously we're thinking a lot about it when we're not at the rink and hopefully Nicholle gets better as soon as possible but with the other changes, that happens every year. New players, adding a goalie, players coming up or down…I think it's been like that every year. It's something that we're used to and I don't think it changes anything in our game plan.
On getting ready to face the Sabres:
We're going to look at what they do but our main focus is that we're going to do what we want. It's our home game and we had a goal to win these three home games. We've won 2 out of 3 so our main focus is to win that game. They have some good players to watch and that's going to be in our game plan but the main focus is to play 60 minutes the way that we want and in our system.
On giving up just 1 goal in the past 3 games:
Obviously we're getting good goaltending. They saved us a lot in the past few games with all the mistakes that we did but I think we got way better since the start of the year. Everyone has bought in to the system and what we have to do. It's a lot of details but we work on them every day and that helps us to get better at it.
On seeing the team "pay the price" early in the season:
That's part of the details; stick on puck, blocking shots, playing disciplined on and off the ice. There have been a lot of changes but good changes. The players are playing with a lot of emotion too. Everyone wants to play hard and give everything they have. When I look around the room everyone wants to win every day.