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Quick Hits: Matt Puempel

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

We caught up with Sens winger Matt Puempel to get some quick pre-game thoughts ahead of tonight's Halloween match-up against the Red Wings.

On scoring in last night's game against Detroit:

It's always nice to score and I guess with the circumstance of being close to home and the circumstance of the game being a 1-0 game. It was a pretty tight game against a good team so it definitely felt nice to help the team out.

On what he said to Bobby Ryan last night when he went to grab the puck after his goal:

I told him I scored last year. It's funny because I think he was actually on the ice for one of the goals last year. We talked about it today and he was laughing about it. Lazar was laughing about it too. I scored in practice and he told Bobby to go get the puck.

On being relied on late during last night's game with the Sens leading by a goal:

I think coming here last year, I gained a lot of experience. I was in a little bit of a different role last year but whatever role the coach gives you, you're happy to take. With being out there under those circumstances in a 1 goal game, you have to just do your job. You grow as a player over the years too and I think last year helped a lot with me being more responsible defensively and that can only help your game. You can learn from those situations and grow that way.

On the difficulty to play the same team on back-to-back nights:

In the American league, you don't do it too much so for me it's kind of new. I think it's exciting in a way, playing in their barn last night and then playing here tonight. I think it adds a little more rivalry where you wouldn't normally if you don't play them as close. I think it's exciting and hopefully we're able to grab both games but they're going to be hungry with losing last night at home.

On not being distracting by fans' Halloween costumes tonight:

Whatever makes them have a good time, it's good to see. There may not be a lot of kids here with them out trick or treating but I think it's just exciting for them. It doesn't really distract and we don't really worry about it all.

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