Coach: No excuses for Sens slump

Senators coach Paul MacLean worked the Senators hard during Monday's practice. (QMI Agency/Files)

Senators coach Paul MacLean worked the Senators hard during Monday's practice. (QMI Agency/Files)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:40 PM ET

OTTAWA - Coach Paul MacLean says the Senators have no one but themselves to blame for their current four-game losing streak.

“I think we have to play harder,” MacLean said Wednesday, the day after his team had understandable complaints with the officiating for the fourth game in a row. “If we think it’s just not going our way, we have to play harder.”

The Senators, who had a nine-point cushion in the race for a playoff spot before the slump, were five up on the ninth-place Florida Panthers before Wednesday’s action.

The Panthers have five games in hand.

MacLean tinkered slightly with his lines Wednesday, flipping first-line left winger Colin Greening and third line left winger Erik Condra. He’ll go with the new look at least for Thursday’s practice.

Defenceman Chris Phillips took a shot in the leg near the end of the Bruins game and missed Wednesday’s skate. MacLean expects he’ll be ready to return Thursday.

MacLean also said defenceman Brian Lee (lower leg) will likely be ready to return this weekend.

The Senators host the Islanders Friday and the Leafs Saturday.


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