Team building in NYC

NEW YORK – The last time the Senators were in New York, back on Oct. 29, they should have been cooked when the Rangers skated to a 4-1 third-period lead.
But in their third comeback in a week, the Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third – two by Jason Spezza and one by Milan Michalek – to tie the game, and then Michalek scored the only goal in a shootout to give the Senators a 5-4 win.
For MacLean, it was an important piece in the team’s early development.
“I think it was a bit of a team-builder kind of game where we learned if you continue to play the whole game, good things happen, and I think we showed a bit of character in doing so,” he said Thursday morning
“It was early in the season, but I think it was a learning process for us, and it was good for our team to be able to do that on road.”
Since then, the Rangers have become the best team in the NHL and took a five-game winning streak into Thursday’s game.
The Rangers play the way MacLean wants his team to play.
“The biggest thing they’ve done is be consistent night-in and night-out.
“They do it the same way and they do it longer and harder than you do and they get good goaltending and timely scoring. Their best players are playing real well for them.
“But to me, it’s the consistency of their team play that has gotten them where they are.”

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