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by Paul on 03/17/09 at 09:13 AM ET
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Since
Clouston took over from the fired Craig Hartsburg Feb. 3, Ottawa is 11-6-3 and looking like a completely different team. The Senators have won five of their last six games and tonight, facing the desperate Buffalo Sabres, will try to stretch their home winning streak to five.
“He’s made a lot of adjustments,” said forward Mike Fisher. “Some with our forecheck in the neutral zone, a few different things. But he’s really instilled a confidence in our group, and he has confidence in us. We’ve been able to just go out, relax and focus on our game plan, not play uptight.
“We’ve just managed to try and have fun again, and he has helped us do that.”
While he has to like the job Clouston is doing, Murray has not lifted the tag of interim coach, saying again yesterday such a decision will be made at season’s end.
Murray does the like way the team practises under Clouston though, and believes that’s a key factor in the improved results. “We’re playing like we should be playing,” he said..
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