The post-game report: MacLean speaks, Methot shrugs off mugging and the big numbers

The Senators crushed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period, only to lose their concentration and — almost — the game. Ottawa held on for a 5-3 win however, bouncing back from a demoralizing loss to the Boston Bruins just two nights before.

IN A NUTSHELL

The Senators crushed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period, only to lose their concentration and — almost — the game. Ottawa held on for a 5-3 win however, bouncing back from a demoralizing loss to the Boston Bruins just two nights before.

METHOT DOESN’T MIND

Marc Methot levelled Tampa agitator B.J. Crombdeen with a clean hit in the second period, which should have been the end of their interaction. Instead, Crombdeen chucked his gloves to the side and chased Methot down to fight. Methot immediately tied his opponent up, which he said was his strategy going in.

Asked if he was frustrated at having to defend himself on a clean play, Methot said: “You know what, it’s not frustrating, because worst-case scenario, I’m strong enough that I can just hold a guy out and that’s what I did. I’m not going to trade punches with a player.”

BY THE NUMBERS

10: Consecutive contests with an assist for Sergei Gonchar, a new franchise record.

8: Goals each this season for Jakob Silfverberg, Daniel Alfredsson and Kyle Turris, the Senators’ co-leaders.

29: Saves for Robin Lehner in this third win of the season.

21:43: Ice time for Eric Gryba, Ottawa’s leader.

+3: Gryba’s plus-minus rating.

1: Career NHL goal for Gryba after potting his first against the Lightning.

5: Shots by Daniel Alfredsson to lead all Senators (two found the back of the net)

MACLEAN SPEAKS

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