QUOTABLE QUOTES FROM OTTAWA’S 6-1 LOSS TO THE DETROIT RED WINGS
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean, on the overall game:
“Things certainly didn’t go our way.
“I think at the start of the game we were good, but we turned the puck over four times in the first period and they put it in our net all four times. Game’s over.
“At the same time, we maybe played better than the score indicated, but the score is what it is, and we can’t change that.”
Paul MacLean, on why he pulled Robin Lehner:
“I didn’t like the fact that they had five.
“Now, we turned the puck over at least four times below the hash marks. It was tough for him.
“We didn’t help him very much. We didn’t help ourselves very much.
“Our whole group, we didn’t execute well enough with the puck, and they made us pay.”
Robin Lehner, on the game and his play:
“We made some mistakes and I wasn’t there to back them up.
“It was a pretty fast momentum swing. They got a few fast ones, and I didn’t seem to recover good enough coming out in the second period.
“It was tough.”
Andrew Hammond, on his first NHL appearance:
“For the first time, getting your feet wet, not letting anything in is obviously a good start. But there are some things I’d like to clean up and I think that over time they’ll come.
“You just always want to be ready, whether it’s 4-0 or 1-1. If an injury happens, you kind of always need to stay in it, stay mentally sharp throughout the game. That’s sort of what the job of the backup goalie is.
“Any kid growing up in Canada, it’s their dream to play in the NHL, and it’s pretty special for me to be one of those guys who’s been lucky enough now to play in the NHL.
“I mean, overall, it probably hasn’t hit me, what’s happened, but it’s obviously very special.”
Jason Spezza, on the game:
“Obviously getting shelled two games in a row (after a 7-2 loss in Boston before the break) is something we have . . . to address.
“We kind of lost control of the game after we got down by three.
“It’s a frustrating game because we knew the importance of it, but there’s a lot of hockey left and we have to win games and we have a very tough trip coming up.
“We can’t dwell on the past too long but we have to make sure we’re ready to go.”
Ice time: Erik Karlsson, 29:55
Shots: Bobby Ryan, 6
Hits: Eric Gryba, Chris Neil, 4
Team hits: 18
Faceoff percentage: 53
Plus-minus: Jared Cowen, Zack Smith, Eric Gryba, all minus-3
Ice time: Niklas Kronwall, 24:23
Shots: Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith, 4
Faceoff percentage: 47
Team hits: 8
Plus minus: Johan Franzen, Danny Dekeyser, Pavel Datsyuk, all plus-3