PITTSBURGH – The Senators shrugged off their Game 1 loss to the Penguins Tuesday.
They know special teams was the difference.
Asked by TSN about their defensive play, particularly a giveaway by Jared Cowen that led to Pittsburgh’s second goal, Erik Karlsson was not concerned.
“We want to make plays and we want to come out of our own end with the puck,” he said. “Sometimes shit happens.”
Asked later about the pushing and shoving that went on in the later stages, Karlsson went back to his new favorite expression.
“Ah, shit happens. Again,” he said. “It is what it is. I don’t think it is going to affect either of the teams going forward.”
Paul MacLean rightfully pointed to Ottawa’s 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-4 in penalty killing as the main reason for the loss.
“I think we need to be harder, and we need to be a little bit quicker,” he also said. “The good thing about that is we have the ability to do that.
“If we had any kind of stage freight or youthful jitters, that should be behind us. And now it’s up to us to make it series.”
What the Senators power play needs is Jason Spezza. MacLean said after the game his top centre skated for an hour and a half with the Black Aces back in Ottawa earlier in the day.
“Every day he skates is a step in progress for him,” said MacLeanI. “It will be evaluated as we move forward.”
An opinion: Don’t totally rule out the possibility of Spezza flying to Pittsburgh for Game 2.