Spezza: 'We're a good team'
Senators need to get it together against Wild Tuesday
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|Senators forward Jason Spezza celebrates his goal against the Maple Leafs with teammates Daniel Alfredsson (left) and Erik Karlsson at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont., Oct. 8, 2011. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)
OTTAWA - The Senators had a day off to lick their wounds after serving up a Thanksgiving turkey Saturday in Toronto.
As they prepare to welcome the original Senators team from 1992-93 at Tuesday’s home opener against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa players are trying to come up with answers as to why they’re winless.
They staged a third-period comeback in a 6-5 loss to the Maple Leafs, but the reality is they didn’t get the two points. There have been fingers pointed at the young players with all the mistakes taking place, but it’s the vets as well.
“The veterans are the ones that need to come to the fore when a goal is scored against us,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean. “They’ve got to step up and make sure that we’re doing things right.
“We need our youth, our enthusiasm and our energy to get us going on some nights, but the leadership group has to be one that steps up to get things done.”
The Senators deserve credit for not throwing in the towel when they’ve fallen behind in back-to-back losses. Ottawa has outscored its opposition 8-3 in the third.
The Senators have been awful in their own zone, they haven’t given goalie Craig Anderson enough support and they’ve only been able to turn it on after digging themselves a deep hole.
“We came close to coming back, but it’s frustrating to play the way we did for parts of that game,” said centre Jason Spezza following the loss to the Leafs. “We’re a good team and we showed that for parts of that hockey game.
“If we don’t play 60 minutes, we’re going to be in the same situation every night. It’s too hard to score in this league. We did a good job coming back, but we can’t make a habit of it.”
MacLean stressed it’s early.
“We always have to work to do,” said MacLean. “We’ve only been doing this for two weeks and we’re into our third week. When you’re trying to change things, and change habits, it takes time.”