Post-game report: Quotes, notes and numbers

Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy. While the Ottawa Senators kicked off their four-game homestand by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, they needed to dive in front of pucks in the final seconds – and they received a lucky bounce or two — to preserve a victory which seemed to be well in hand when they led 4-1 in the second period.

Post-game report: Quotes, notes and numbers
Players acknowledge the crowd after the 3rd period as the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in NHL action at Scotiabank Place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa Citizen)

Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy.

While the Ottawa Senators kicked off their four-game homestand by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, they needed to dive in front of pucks in the final seconds — and they received a lucky bounce or two — to preserve a victory which seemed to be well in hand when they led 4-1 in the second period.

The Senators found countless positives in the win, which improved their record to 6-3-1.

Even though right winger Jakob Silfverberg left the ice favouring his hand or arm after blocking a shot late in the game, resulting in fears that he may have suffered a major injury, Senators coach Paul MacLean said after the game that “he’s fine.”

WHAT THEY SAID

“I thought Peter Regin was very good tonight, Stephane Da Costa played very well for us. (Erik) Karlsson, I thought, was outstanding in the game. Mark Borowiecki had his best game to this point. Patrick Wiercioch was fine. Andre Benoit was fine. The team, as a group, really showed a good work ethic and we stuck to the structure of our team.” — Senators coach Paul MacLean, when asked about which players stood out

“We did a better job of getting the puck to the net and getting some opportunities and playing not as tentative offensively.” — MacLean, on creating scoring chances

”We’ve got to find the right guys to put on the ice after we score a goal. The experiment is not working with what we’re doing. The shifts right after goals, for and against, are always real important and the last two (games), we get the lead and then within 20 or 30 seconds, they’ve got the game tied up, so we’ve got to do a much better job of being focussed at those times in the games. Those are big shifts that we can maintain momentum or give momentum back.” — On the Sabres’ first goal Tuesday, 21 seconds after Erik Karlsson’s power play goal, Chris Neil, Colin Greening, Peter Regin, Chris Phillips and Andre Benoit were on the ice for the Senators. On the Sabres second goal, 57 seconds after Chris Neil scored, the Senators skaters were Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson, Jim O’Brien, Erik Condra and Stephane Da Costa

”Of course, it has been awhile. I had high expectations for myself coming into this season. It has been a long time and maybe the timing has been a little off and it took a more time than I was hoping or expecting.” — Peter Regin on registering his first two points of the season

”Everybody is going to go through (bad) stretches, but you’ve got to keep working. The coaching staff knows what comes with it and we have to make sure we stay on top of it and focus on what we need to do to get goals and not just say, ‘okay, I need to score goals today’, because then you just play tighter and make wrong decisions.” — Daniel Alfredsson on the Senators breaking their offensive funk

“Once it got 4-3, I thought we did a really good job of keeping them to the outside and doing the right things defensively and holding on to the puck offensively and that was nice to see.” — Alfredsson on preserving the lead late in the game.

”There was a lot of stuff going on out there. At the end of the day, we got our guys out there that are willing to pay the price, they’re putting their bodies on the line, making the big blocks and not afraid to get in front of the net” — Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

“I think it hit him in the back. I don’t know. I was swimming.” — Anderson on whether defenceman Andre Benoit blocked a shot headed for the open net in the final minute.

THE NUMBERS

31:26: Erik Karlsson’s ice time

37-15: Senators faceoff record (Kyle Turris went 12-3)

5: Hits from Mark Borowiecki and Mika Zibanejad

2: Assists from Peter Regin, his first points of the season

1: Shots from league-leading scorer Thomas Vanek

-1: Vanek’s +/- rating

0-for-4: Sabres power play

1-for-2: Senators power play

20: Saves by Craig Anderson

20: Saves by Jhonas Enroth

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