The post-game report: Notes and quotes from Ottawa’s 5-2 loss to Vancouver

Coach Paul MacLean was particularly upset, saying his team got what it deserved — a loss.

QUOTABLE QUOTES IN THE AFTERMATH OF OTTAWA’S 5-2 LOSS TO THE CANUCKS

Coach Paul MacLean was particularly upset, saying his team got what it deserved — a loss.

“Tonight we got what we earned, and last night (a 6-4 win over the Capitals in Washington) we got what we earned.

“And 26 times this year so far, we’ve got what we earned, whether that was wins or losses. Every night we’ve earned it, and tonight we earned it again.

“We’ve got to start being way more consistent and playing much harder to win on a nightly basis, from shift-to-shift and period-to-period.

“It’s a game of mistakes, and we make way too many of them.

“We still turned over pucks in our own zone, we didn’t execute on face-off assignments, and it cost us goals.

“I don’t think we’re getting the team play at all from all of our positions consistently enough for us to win.

“We don’t play hard enough on the forecheck, we don’t play hard enough coming back, we don’t play hard enough defensively, our goaltenders aren’t playing hard enough.

“We’re just not playing hard enough for long enough to have an opportunity to win.

“We’ve still got lots of games, but pretty soon, you are what you are, and we’re getting awfully close to being what we are.

“We’ve got a couple of more opportunities to keep working at it, and we better change it.”

For the players, the second-period collapse was doubly disappointing after playing a decent first period and taking a 1-0 lead.

“We had a lot of chances to score goals,” said Clarke MacArthur.

“Their goalie, (Roberto) Luongo, played great. He made some big saves for them when they needed them, and as far as us, we let them penetrate the middle too much.

“They had too many quality chances. It was a night where I didn’t think we gave up as much in the past but pucks went in tonight, and that’s just how it goes.”

“It’s really frustrating,” said goalie Craig Anderson.

“We’ve got to find ways to be better on the second night of two nights. I think that’s been the story all year. We play pretty good on the first night, and on the second night we do a lot of good things but just aren’t able to put it all together.
“Frustration is part of the game. Teams that deal with frustration best are able to get beyond it and and that’s when they have success.
“It’s just a matter of us trying to find success and finding ways to stay in the game long enough to give ourselves a chance.”

Anderson said he hadn’t been hurt before he came out, though he did take a shot off the kneecap from Jason Garrison and was upended by Marc Methot.

“I think the reason (I came out) was that I wasn’t good enough on my part and wasn’t good enough on the whole, as a team,” he said.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

Most ice time, Ottawa: Erik Karlsson, 24:52.
Most ice time, Vancouver, Ryan Kesler, 23:17.

Most shots, Ottawa: Kyle Turris, 6.
Most shots, Vancouver, Kevin Bieksa, 5.

Most hits, Ottawa: Mark Borowiecki, Mika Zibanejad, 6.
Most hits, Vancouver, Alexandre Burrows, 7.

Total hits, Ottawa: 47
Total hits, Vancouver: 28.

Ottawa faceoff percentage: 53.
Vancouver faceoff percentage, 47.

Ottawa giveaways: 12.
Vancouver giveaways: 4.

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