The post-game report: The happy quotes, the numbers which led to victory

The Ottawa Senators were singing a happy tune in Music City following Saturday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators.

NASHVILLE – The Ottawa Senators were singing a happy tune in Music City following Saturday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators.

They’ve now picked up 11 points in their past six games (5-0-1), including 1-0-1 on the current road trip. They can complete the trip without a regulation loss against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday in St. Paul.

 BY THE NUMBERS

2-5: Senators record in shootouts

0-5: Predators record in shootouts

32/33: Craig Anderson saves/shots in regulation

20/21: Marek Mazanec saves/shots in regulation

2 for 2: Mika Zibenajad’s career record in shootouts

THE QUOTES

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson

 –On why the Senators were successful: “We played a solid defensive game and waited for our opportunities. We weren’t forcing plays, we weren’t trying to make something out of nothing. It ended up going to a shootout, but it was a 1-1 hockey game because we didn’t force anything and didn’t open up the game. We weren’t trading chances and that’s what you’ve got to do to win in this league.”

 –On winning on the road: “It’s always tough to go into another building, especially this building. The fans are energetic and they get all over you when you make mistakes. It’s a fun place to play, but at the same time, we didn’t let them get to us.”

–On his hot trapper: ”The sun shines on a horse’s patoot every once in awhile.”

–On what goes through his mind before a penalty shot attempt: ”You take the mind out of it. Just read and react. Take ice and make sure I don’t give him an easy shot. And by taking ice, you force him to maybe do something he didn’t want to do. It’s one of those things you just read and react. If you start thinking about shoulda, coulda, woulda or maybe that he might do that, you second guess yourself.”

 Senators captain Jason Spezza

–On whether the team is more confident: ”We’re definitely a more confident group. The momentum went back and forth tonight, but we stayed calm and didn’t give them anything too easy. It was a great road game for us and to come out with a shootout win is big.”

–On the monentum gained by Anderson’s penalty shot save: ”This place can get rockin’ a bit, too. And they’re a team that plays well with the lead and I think they’re more comfortable sitting back with the lead. That was a huge penalty shot save by (Anderson) and then he stopped two more (in the shootout) and you can tell he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

–On the importance of killing the four on three in overtime: “That’s tough and (Anderson) stayed big and the guys did a good job of making it tough and not giving (Shea Weber) any looks.”

–On playing a defensively sound, disciplined third period: “It depends how the game is going, what team you’re playing against, if you’re at home or on the road, but the majority of it is you want to hold on to pucks down low and get some good cycle shifts. We could have had a couple more goals, too, but this is a good solid road game. If you wanted to draw up how to win a road game, you want it to be tight checking, low-scoring, not a lot of penalties. I’m sure the coaches are happy.”

Senators coach Paul MacLean

–Why did the team have success? “We stuck to our guns and found a way to get the game to the shootout”

–On the importance of Craig Anderson? “I thought Craig (Anderson) was a very consistent goaltender. The penalty shot obviously was the big save when it was 0-0, but it was another consistent effort from him and our defence. We’re slowly starting to build some momentum and tonight was a good effort by the total team and the whole team found a way to win the game.”

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