Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senators Hope to Grow Form Third Period Collapse in Game 2 against Bruins

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senators Hope to Grow Form Third Period Collapse in Game 2 against Bruins

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Senators hope to grow form third period collapse

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OTTAWA - It was a hard lesson to learn, but head coach Guy Boucher hopes it will be a lasting one for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators lost the opening game of its Eastern Conference quarter-final series to the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Wednesday as a result of two bad third period shifts after dominating much of the game.

"Going into the third they just stuck to what they were doing and we did not," Boucher said Thursday. "We didn't change our game plan whatsoever, we didn't want something different at all, but I think we didn't manage it well mentally. We looked scared to lose instead of hungry to win."

The Senators will look to even the series Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre.

The breakdown in the third was especially disappointing after Ottawa had outshot the Bruins 12-0 in the second and held all the momentum with a 1-0 lead. Instead of putting the game away, the Senators struggled in their own end in the third and the Bruins were able to capitalize.

"I think really we just didn't play well enough to our strengths," said defenceman Dion Phaneuf. "We received the game more than we'd like to. Whether that's sitting back or being too casual it's just we didn't do a good enough job for 60 minutes. They continued to push and found a way, and we've got to get back on track and we will."

Boucher hopes the Senators learn and grow from the third-period collapse.

"We have to learn from our third period and that's what playoffs are about. They're all about move forward, what can you learn and get better at, and that's the experience we need to gain game after game. Whether it's today or another day we would have needed to learn that at some point or another so if it's going to be the first game well at least now we know for the next games."

Players know they let an opportunity slip away, but Phaneuf emphasized the importance of not getting frustrated or distracted by it. …

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