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Senators’ coach MacLean: ‘Catch-up hockey is losing hockey’

May 18, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators have yet to play with the lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Yes, it’s been two games.

But consider the Senators are now trailing the best-of-seven series by a 2-0 count, following Friday’s loss on the road.

It’s a safe bet that grabbing the lead in Game 3 would go a long way in giving the Senators a chance at victory and, more importantly, a chance at getting back in the series against the heavily-favored Penguins.

Sidney Crosby‘s first of three goals Friday gave the Penguins an early lead.

For a second straight game in this series, Pittsburgh was able to grab a lead in the first four minutes of play.

“We’re not ready to match it, obviously,” Senators’ coach Paul MacLean told

“Catch-up hockey is losing hockey, and we’re behind 1-0 early in both games and now you’re playing catch-up the whole way and it takes energy and leads to frustration. We just have to make sure we’re ready from the start.”


  1. pitpenguinsrulez - May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Wah!!! Spezza won’t help you much when and if he returns. Like Karlsson, Spezza won’t be 100%. Spezza won’t be able to do some of the stuff he normally does considering he had major back surgery. If Ottawa loses Game 3 then this series is practically over for them…even if they win game 3 and lose game 4 it still won’t bod well for them. LETS GO PENS!!!

  2. jonkchar - May 18, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    I’m a Pens fan but I enjoy watching the Sens when I can. They’re a good team, but it just looks like the Pens have the monkey off their back after advancing to the second round

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Pens talent have been taking advantage of Karlsson’s poor play. Talented players usually hurt teams when they mke mistakes. Sens/Karlsson need to tighten their play to give themselves a chance to win.

    • jpelle82 - May 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      karlsson is just getting exposed on national television finally. he is not a good defensive defensemen, cant play the body, bad angles, bad gaps on guys. he benefits from a big man paired with him so he can swoop in and clean up a loose puck, he wont get it from a guy on his own.

  4. ironcity6pak - May 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You will now see that D bag Neil start picking fights and layer more dirty hits. This series is going to get ugly and pens fans know the pens can’t keep their cool. And no ott fans, I’m not saying Cook is a saint.

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