Ottawa Senators post-game report: making a point wherever you can. The quotes. The numbers.

It’s far from ideal, but to paraphrase Meatloaf, two out of three ain’t bad.

Three games into their five-game road trip, the Senators have two points.

New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) stops a shot by Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (11) during the shootout in an NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Sunday, March 3, 2013. The Islanders won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

It’s far from ideal, but to quote Meatloaf, two out of three ain’t bad.

Three games into their five-game road trip, the Senators have two points.

A victory Sunday would have given them a 1-1-1 record. While nobody was overjoyed, there was some measure of satisfaction in picking up a point from Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, if only because they appeared on the verge of leaving the Nassau County Coliseum with nothing at all.

“We were just hanging in there and they score one with three and half (minutes) left and obviously it’s big for us to get away with one point, at least,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson.

The on-going question is just how long can the Senators hang on and hang on through their injuries, relying on outstanding goaltending night after night, just in the hopes of getting to extra time?

THE QUOTES

Defenceman Patrick Wiercioch

“We were buzzing on all the power plays we had. We had chances with (Colin) Greening in front and I hit the post and at that point (late in the game), we were just trying to stay positive, looking for an open shot,” describing the game-tying goal which bounced off Travis Hamonic’s stick.

Winger Chris Neil

“It’s one of those games where there’s lots of line matching and juggling — a bit of both – and you’ve got to be aware of who’s out there. We came back and showed some composure and we were able to push it to overtime.”

Coach Paul MacLean

“Part of the identity of our team is that we play the whole game. We ended up getting something out of it.”

THE NUMBERS

3-2: Senators shootout record

35: Number of Islanders shots

31: Number of Senators shots

11: Number of hits credited to Islanders’ Matt Martin

9: Number of hits credited to Senators’ Chris Neil

27:54: Ice time for Marc Methot, a game high

25:31: Ice time for Eric Gryba

3-6-2: Senators road record

9-1-2: Senators home record

 

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