Recent games have seen the Sens add a new wrinkle to their penalty killing set with Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad taking on penalty kill minutes.
Ryan's addition to the PK is his first shorthanded work since playing under Randy Carlyle in Anaheim. Here's what he had to say about getting back into it with the Sens...
On playing the penalty kill in Anaheim:
Not my first year, but my second, third and fourth I did quite a bit. When Bruce (Boudreau) came in we stuck with it a little bit and then they made a switch. I don't think I killed much the last year I was there, maybe the last 15 or 20 seconds when we weren't in too much danger. We talked about it all year and I said I'm comfortable doing it, I think I have that reputation being an offensive guy and not very defensive minded but it's something I've always taken pride in, being able to thrive in those situations. They've given me a bit of opportunity and I've enjoyed it, it's been good.
On fighting the offensive instincts:
A little bit and that's one thing Mac said they were hesitant about was the circling and following the puck a bit. I can do that 5-on-5, but you're aware of the situation when you're out there and you understand that those offensive opportunities are going to be very secondary. I've got a lot a long reach and even though my feet aren't too quick and I'm not going to win you any puck races to the wall, I like to think I can get in lanes to break things up. As much as they need to use me I'll be ready for it, I like it.
On killing penalties with Mika:
It's good, I think Mika's a guy that kind of flies under the radar with how well he reads plays and how well anticipates plays. He can do a lot of damage by breaking things up with his stick. I think if there's an opportunity for us we can create some offence shorthanded, especially with him being able to lug the puck through the centre ice as well as he does, I can just try and get open and hope he finds me.
Zibanejad is getting his first taste of NHL penalty killing in the last couple of games. Here's what he had to say about the new role...
On penalty killing:
Now I get a chance to do that it's fun to get that opportunity. I'm trying to make the most of it. It's something I've played before a little bit — back home and in Bingo a bit last year — so it's not too unfamiliar to me. It's just a reminder of what I have to do like what kind of stuff have to do even though I'm in a lot of meetings and stuff because it's different when you're out there.
On the impact of the penalty kill role on his game:
I feel it's going to be easier because whenever you the puck you just send it back down, you don't really need to make a play once you get it. At the same time I can use that. If I'm on later on in the two minutes against a unit that's on for the full two minutes I can use that and read it and try to create something out of it. Obviously priority number one is to kill the time but if you have a chance to go you want to make the most of it.
On playing with Bobby on the PK:
I think it's two smart players. I don't know if I'd say we're traditional penalty killers. In a way we're the opposite I think because we play the power play too, we're trying to anticipate what they're trying to do. It has only been a couple of games here so we'll see in the long run.
Paul MacLean talked about the decision to put the two together on the PK. Here's what he had to say...
Mostly we needed other people to do it, we couldn't continue to do it with two or four or six forwards, we needed to integrate some more people into it. Both of them have good minds and can read plays well and have good sticks. We, slowly, have gotten them into it and we've been pleased with what they've done.
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