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Senators numb coach MacLean with their ‘brutal’ collapse

Apr 5, 2014, 9:04 AM EDT

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 16: Head coach Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators looks on from the bench against the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on March 16, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Getty Images

For about a tenth of Friday’s contest, the Ottawa Senators were spectacular. However, a fast 3-0 lead proved insufficient in their eventual 7-4 collapse against Montreal.

At the start of Senators coach Paul MacLean’s postgame press conference, he was asked about his feelings regarding tonight’s game. He let the question hang for a second.

“I have none,” MacLean said. “I’m numb.”

As he put it, the Senators simply stopped playing after they got the 3-0 lead. He started to elaborate, but seemed to give up mid-sentence by suggesting that they starting giving the Canadiens “short rinks and all the…regular adjectives that we’ve used all year long.”

MacLean wouldn’t term the game as frustrating and needed a bit of time to find the right word: “Brutal.”

It was nearly a month ago that he complained about the team’s work ethic. This certainly wasn’t what he was looking for.

You can watch his full press conference below, including his argument that a Senators’ disallowed goal and Montreal’s Lars Eller‘s similar goal are an example of how anything that could go wrong, has this season:


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  1. wishingtonredslur - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Roberto Luongo’s return trip to Calgary didn’t go that well.

    Despite being outshot 35 to 17 the Flames scored twice on the aged netminder. Cammalleri scored his 26th goal of the campaign and Kenny Agostino scored his first of the year.

    Agostino came to the Flames via the Penguins in the controversial Jerome Iginla trade 2 years ago in which the Flames received two tubes of toothpaste.

    Iginla is the Bruins leading scorer and employee of the month.

  2. thesportsjudge - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Maybe this guy will end up coaching in Vancouver next season with Torts in Ottawa!

  3. henrik4dawin - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    You used a picture of the sens from last year with Alfie in there wearing the “c”, couldn’t you have found ANY sens picture from this year?

    • 19to77 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Nope. None of the Senators have shown up this year.

  4. stcrowe - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Wrong call on the disallowed goal or not, there is no excuse for squandering a 3-0 lead, much less allow seven straight goals. That is a coaching failure as much as it is a team failure.

  5. stcrowe - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    On an a somewhat unrelated note, I hadn’t realized what a terrible interview Paul MacLean is. Most of his answers are one or two words, and (to borrow Brandon Prust’s words) bug-eyed facial gestures.

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