Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/13/13 at 07:14 PM ET
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Senators,
While every Senators' practice and morning skate starts with them retrieving the puck, the 43 minutes the club spent on the ice Wednesday was made unique by the fact the players did the same drill over, over, over and over.
MacLean was trying to send a not-so-subtle message.
"We need to get better at it," said MacLean. "The games that we struggle in we don't get out of our end. A lot has to do with the opposition and the way they come after us, but it's also on us in that don't execute with the puck.
"We don't make the right reads at the right time, lots of times we have people in the right spots and we don't find them so we're not talking and we're not listening or we're lying to one another saying we are talking and listening.
"Those are issues that we have when we don't play well so it's something that we have to continue to work on every day. It's a whole team thing. It's incumbent on all six guys on the ice to have a good plan and find a way to get out of our zone. You can't just play the game in your zone because bad things happen."
Centre Jason Spezza said the club has to dictate the play.
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