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Quick Hits: Mark Borowiecki

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

We caught up with Sens defenceman Mark Borowiecki to get some quick pre-game thoughts ahead of tonight's match-up in Raleigh against the Hurricanes.

On building off the home win against the Jets:

Well it was obviously a clutch win for us. I think we want to take the positives out of the first period, that was probably our best first period at home in awhile. We really controlled to play, simple game, headmaning pucks and just going to work in their end. We let up a little bit in the second and I think we can also learn from that. It's an old hockey cliche and everyone is sick of hearing it but if we do play a full 60 minutes we're going to come out on top more often than not.

On being a good road team this season:

I don't know what it is about being on the road, whether it's less distractions or maybe you get a little bit of complacency creeping into you game at home for whatever reason but there's just something about being on the road for us. It's a good skill to have bur the key to success in this league is dominating in your own rink. We're going to do our best to steal points on the road but we kind of have to back that up with home win too.

On if too much is made about the team's early success on the road and struggles at home:

I'm not sure if I can really put my finger on it. I think it's something that falls on to our shoulders collectively as a team. Dave has challenged us to play with more emotion at home and I think that was something that was needed for us. We were a little quiet, not a lot of chatter on our bench during the games at home. There was no one really to blame but ourselves for that. Do we treat home games and road games differently? No. We go out there looking to play the same way no matter what. Maybe it's just more of a coincidence but definitely something that's fixable by us.

On the team's recent history in Carolina:

I think (last year) was the first time we won there in awhile but we don't think about that too much. Teams are so different from those streaks that go back X amount of years. There's probably zero guys on the team from some of those losses. Again, I think it falls on us collectively as a group. Don't let that get into our head, play our game and just go in there and really try and push the pace.

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