Neil’s absence through injury could be lengthy; quotes and notes from the game

Ottawa Senators Chris Neil, left, tries to keep the puck away from Boston Bruins David Warsofsky during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ont., December 28, 2013. (Patrick Doyle / Ottawa Citizen)

After the game, Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said Chris Neil, who left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury, is not “game-to-game,” and then clarified to indicate that Neil’s absence may be lengthy.
MacLean said the team wasn’t ready to put a time frame on the injury, only that Neil will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
“We’ll have more of an idea of what the circumstances will be,” said MacLean.
With Jason Spezza’s status for Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets uncertain, at least one forward will have to be recalled from Binghamton.
Expect it to be Mark Stone this time.

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QUOTABLE QUOTES

Paul MacLean on Craig Anderson:
“I thought Craig made the saves we needed him to make. I thought he played with a lot of confidence and that gave his teammates a lot of confidence.
“I think some of (the shots on net) were self-inflicted. We turned over some pucks, put him in a tough spot. But he came up with some saves, that was good to see.”

Erik Karlsson on giving the puck to Clarke MacArthur for the empty-net goal:
“I saw he was there, and he hasn’t scored in a couple of games, and it was the right thing to do.
“I think he had a great game, and he’s had some quality chances – they just haven’t gone in for him. He was there, and, as I said, he would have done the same thing for me.
“He was obviously happy. It’s a load off his mind. That’s why we’re here for each other.”

Kyle Turris on winning consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 5-9:
“We’re just trying to get better. It’s two games. We’re looking at it that we have Winnipeg on (Thursday) and we’re just going to get ready for them.
“It’s another game. I don’t think we look at it as a relief. We’re trying to move in the right direction, and we’ve got to make up the gap. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Craig Anderson on the team’s play in the victory:
“We came out and battled all night. We made some mistakes, but when we made them, it’s what happened after. We battled back. We backchecked hard, we found ways to keep guys from getting to the net.
“That’s the difference in the game. It’s not the mistakes, it’s what happens when you make mistakes.
“I like our fight and I like our work ethic tonight. That went a long way to getting us two points.”

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NOTABLE NOTES

Ottawa’s stats
Hits: 28
Giveaways: 13
Takeaways: 10
Faceoff percentage: 54
Power-play chances: 0 for 4

Ice time:
Erik Karlsson: 29:42
Jared Cowen: 23:55
Erik Condra: 19:34
Jean-Gabriel Pageau: 6:14
Matt Kassian: 4:51

Washington’s stats
Hits: 26
Giveaways: 11
Takeaways: 7
Faceoff percentage: 54
Power-play chances: 0 for 2

Ice time
John Carlson: 24:42
Dmitry Orlov: 22:19
Mike Green: 23:37
Nicklas Backstrom: 21:09
Alex Ovechkin: 19:52

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