The Ottawa Senators were trashed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference showdown on Wednesday despite hanging with the Pens for two periods of hockey. After the game, Senators head coach Paul MacLean spoke with reporters for roughly 13 seconds about his team’s play in Game 4 and his wide-eyed look was proof the beating still hadn’t fully sunk in yet.
“It looks like everything’s right here. It’s 7-3,” MacLean said, waiving the stat sheet in the air. “See you in Pittsburgh. We’re going to Pittsburgh and we’re coming to play. Have a good night.”
Perhaps the most surprising part of the post game press conference was how passive MacLean was despite just having the Penguins knock them down ans then stomp all over them in front of an Ottawa friendly crowd. Most coaches would go ballistic after such a loss and many have for losses that haven’t even taken place in as meaningful a spot as the Senators loss on Wednesday night.
So MacLean gets some points for that, but Canadians in general are nice, passive people so it’s kind of like he was cheating a bit. As for the Senators, they’d better shelve the nice Canadian side of them and come to play like MacLean prophesied in his 13 second press conference. They’re facing elimination after the 7-3 loss and people around the club won’t be as passive as MacLean if the season ends before a sixth and seventh game is reached.