MacLean has plenty to say after latest ugly display

You’ve got to give Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean credit for something. At least he has a sense of humour.

MacLean has plenty to say after latest ugly display

You’ve got to give Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean credit for something.

At least he has a sense of humour.

When first asked about his impressions of the latest Senators collapse – Tuesday’s atrocious 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place – MacLean muttered a few words under his mustache.

“Is my mother listening?”

MacLean was, in fact, able to stay away from the obscenities, but he did have plenty to say. None of it positive.

Where, oh, where to start?

How about his thoughts on the players-only meeting immediately following the game?

“We’ll find out as we progress,” said MacLean. “But I think it’s time for some self-evaluation and looks into the mirror and asking the guy there if you’re doing enough. The coaching staff is going to have to do that itself, because obviously what we’re doing isn’t translating from practices into games and we need to re-evaluate. We have to have a self-evaluation of ourselves and make sure we’re doing the right things.”

Makes sense. The Senators have been outscored 14-3 in their past two home games. They’ve allowed five or more goals in four of their first six games and 30 overall.

The loss to Philadelphia was much like the opening two losses to Detroit and Toronto. In all three, the Senators folded under early pressure and then rallied. The difference against the Flyers was that the Senators collapsed a second time, allowing three late goals in the third period.

“I thought we stopped playing in the first period after they scored the (first) goal and allowed them to get three more (in the first period),” the coach said. “And then we got playing in the second when the pressure was off and in the third period, they score again and we stop playing again. They end up getting three more on us. We’re not very pleased at all with the game and the effort and we need to have an evaluation of our team and how we want to play and work it, because now we’re not doing a very good job of it.”

MacLean isn’t fooling himself. He says some of the second-period rally may have been due to the Flyers backing off because they had such a big lead.

“Once they get the (early) goals on us, I guess the pressure is off and we can play. We respond and we play, but we have to play at the start of the game and we have to play when it’s hard. It’s not getting any easier after tonight. It’s getting harder and we have to be ready to play and play the whole game and play hard for the whole game.”

The one thing MacLean didn’t do was throw goaltender Alex Auld under the team bus. While Auld said he needed to make a big save early to help his team – Matt Read’s game opening shortside goal was an inexcusable shot to allow at the NHL level – the coach said it’s one for all and all for one.

Or, in the case of the Senators record now, 1-5.

“You win and lose as a team and when you’re inconsistent, things go wrong,” MacLean said. “And everything goes wrong. The coaching hasn’t been very good. The forwards haven’t been any good, the defence no good and the goalie is no good when it’s going on. We’re in it together. We’re going to win together. We’re going to lose together. And we’re going to fix it together.”

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