MacLean won’t cruise to end

MacLean won’t cruise to end
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean intends to push to the final buzzer of the regular season.
He’ll rest key players if they need to rested, to make sure they’re ready for the National Hockey League playoffs, but he’s expecting his team to play the final three games as hard as they’ve played the first 79.
“Healthy is what you want to be going into the playoffs, but at the same time we’ve said all along that we want to see where we are at the end of 82 games, and I think that’s the mantra we want to stick to,” MacLean said Monday.
“We want to make sure we play every game. If people have boo-boos and whatnot, we’re not going to err on the side of playing people if not playing them would be the right thing to do, But the expectation is we will come to play and play hard in the last three games.”
Winger Milan Michalek’s goal and two assists against the Islanders gave him 60 points (35 goals, 25 assists), putting him within shooting distance of his career-best season of 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) with the San Jose Sharks in 2006-07. It’d be a nice mark to surpass, but it’s not something that’s on his mind.
“Not really,” he said. “I’m just happy we made it to the playoffs. That’s big for us. When everybody’s playing good, the points come. I’m happy about the way the season is going right now, and maybe we can do something in the playoffs, too.”

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