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MacLean bothered he still has to tell Sens to play harder

Paul Maclean

Head coach Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on October 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Senators defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (October 14, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

With the Ottawa Senators playoff hopes rapidly fading, tensions rose in Friday’s practice until teammates Jared Cowen and Chris Neil literally came to blows.

Senators coach Paul MacLean remarked that the team needs more of that, though preferably when they’re actually playing games.

If the theme of last season was that of an underrated group finding ways to win despite missing many of their key players due to injuries, then this year is about failing to live up to the expectations of others by putting forth a questionable effort.

That seems to be how Senators coach Paul MacLean sees it, who admitted that he’s bothered by the fact that we’re now in March and he still has to talk about the team’s work ethic.

“Every day we come to work, it’s ‘why don’t we play harder, why aren’t we a better group?’ That’s the things that we discuss every day, and we’re still searching for a solution,” MacLean told the Ottawa Citizen.

“All I know is we have 19 more games to play, and we’ve got to keep working on it. We can’t just let it slide, we have to continue to work at it. This isn’t just a one-year type of thing.”

Ottawa is six points shy of a Wild Card spot and they would need to pass four teams in order to make the postseason. They will play against Winnipeg at 3:00 p.m. ET today.

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