For a line that has played together in just one exhibition game before last night's home opener, Zack Smith is already feeling pretty good about the initial results skating alongside Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan. The trio accounted for 5 points during the Sens' 5-4 overtime win against the Maple Leafs but for Smith the entirety of that lines' play continues to be a work in progress.
On the game and building chemistry with Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan:
I thought it was pretty good for the most part. We obviously created some scoring chances and had some production but we have some very simple mistakes that they capitalized on. They're a very dynamic team now. I thought every mistake that we made created an opportunity for them. At the same time those are also things that are, I don't want to say easy to clean up, but we know exactly what we have to do to fix them. Otherwise I thought it went pretty good. I'm familiar a bit with Bobby from over the past couple of years during the odd shift together but it was nice to finally get into a game with Brassard who I haven't played with much.
On winning last night after trailing in the third period:
We obviously showed resilience. It was kind of a rollercoaster of goals and emotions it was just back and forth. Like I said, it's easy to get down when you're making very simple, obvious mistakes that they capitalize on but it's early in the year and we're going to clean that stuff up. I think it's just a bit "old habits die hard" that we just have to keep working at. It'll come. We did a system overhaul so it's not going to happen in two weeks. It'll take a bit of time but it was very important that we stuck with it and got those two points.
On spending today's practice correcting some of those simple mistakes from last night:
We weren't out there just to do drills, we were out there working on systems and trying to correct things from last night. Like I said, some of those habits are at times tough to get away from especially once you get tired and maybe you've been out there for a little while or the adrenaline or emotions take over and you tend to go back to what you know. You just have to keep at those things and that's what we were doing today.
On having some practices days before Saturday's game against Montreal:
I think it's very important. You can go out there today; work on our systems on the ice and what we have to do and tomorrow you can go back to the drawing board and do video. The two days does help and we're not going to have that all season long so it's nice to have that advantage right now.