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Sens coach MacLean on Game 5: ‘We’re scared to death’

May 8, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

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In the 2012 playoffs, the Ottawa Senators took a 3-2 series lead against the Rangers, but New York bounced back and won that series. Now they are once again just one victory away from moving past the first round, but they certainly don’t feel confident.

When asked about Game 5 on Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC), Senators coach Paul MacLean said they are “scared to death.”

“We know it’s going to be really hard,” MacLean told NHL.com. “Tomorrow is going to be a hard game and we have to make sure we’re ready for that no matter what they have or who they play. It’s going to be hard.”

MacLean is hoping they learned something from falling short last year. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens certainly don’t seem to share his fears despite their more vulnerable position.

“Quite frankly, I want to beat these guys,” Canadiens defenseman PK Subban said. “We have another opportunity tomorrow to play, and we can beat these guys.

“We’re better.”

If the Canadiens do manage to pull off a comeback, it will be without several key players.

  1. 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Todd McLellan spent all series talking about how he and the Sharks knew every game could be go either way, and the Canucks were good enough to steal the momentum back if they got cocky. The result? They swept. The lesson? Humility and realism get you further than arrogance. The Habs have neither of the first two and far too much of the last. They can’t win this series.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - May 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I didn’t like MacLean before the playoffs, because of the whole Matt Cooke thing, but every time the guy opens his mouth I like him more and more. PK…less and less…

    • valoisvipers - May 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Totally agree with you about Paulrus and Punky,
      You can bet Paulrus will post Punky’s We are better …words on the locker room wall.

  3. bengalguy - May 9, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Hey PK, if you were better youd be winning…..no????

  4. craigonthecob - May 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I’ve been so impressed by MacLean this series. He usually isn’t that talkative but has really been on top of the head games, turning this series into a bit of a rout. Scoring more goals, getting better hits, winning most of the fights, and winning off the ice as well. No wonder the Habs are so frustrated.

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