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Smith: "It's nice to come back to our arena with a win under our belt"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Zack Smith talks playing Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Penguins in front of their home crowd, how they can generate more offence and more.

On playing at home for Game 3:

It's nice to come back to our arena with a win under our belt. Playing in front of our fans has definitely been helping so far in these playoffs.


On drawing energy from the home crowd:

They've been great and at times, it's no secret, but it can help sway the momentum of a game for the home team. We're looking forward to that. It seems like a long time since we've played in front of our own crowd here so it'll be exciting to get back.


The role face-offs have played in this series:

Puck possession is huge, especially for a team like Pittsburgh so anytime we can keep the puck out of their hands it will benefit us. We definitely need to be better in the circle They're not typically a good face-off team but they've done well against us so far so we need to clean that up tonight.


On what they can do to generate more offence in Game 3:

We have to get the puck deep behind their defencemen. We didn't have nearly enough offensive zone time last game as we would have liked to. We spent too much time in our own zone and a few too many times we gave the puck up or chipped it out when we could have made a play or held on to it. That being said we still need to get pucks behind their defencemen and make them skate and keep the puc out of the hands of their skilled forwards.
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