Former Quad City Mallards coach Paul MacLean and the Ottawa Senators last night came up just short in their bid to upset of the top-seeded New York Rangers in the opening round of National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers defeated MacLean’s Senators 2-1 in the seventh and deciding game of the series last night in New York.
Despite last night’s elimination, MacLean’s first season with Ottawa must still qualify as a successful one. MacLean guided the Senators to 41-31-10 regular season record and 92 points- good for a second place finish in the Northeast Division. In going seven games with the Rangers, the eighth-seeded Senators pushed to the limit a team that won the Atlantic Division title and finished the regular season 17 points ahead of Ottawa during the regular season.
MacLean coached the Mallards in 2000-01 and 2001-02 and guided Quad City to the United Hockey League Colonial Cup title in his first season with the team. Under MacLean, the Mallards enjoyed the two best regular seasons in team history and won back-to-back Tarry Cup UHL regular season crowns while going 112-27-9 during those two campaigns. After his time in the Quad Cities MacLean spent eight years as an NHL assistant coach- first with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and then with the Detroit Red Wings (with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2008)- before taking the reins in Ottawa last summer.
Before turning to coaching, McLean played 719 NHL games over ten seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues during which he totaled 324 goals, 349 assists and 673 points. He scored forty or more goals in a season three times and topped 100 points when he produced a career-high 41 goals and 60 assists for the Jets in 1984-85. McLean turned pro after representing Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Mallards 2012-13 season tickets are now available. The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget, including youth season tickets now available for as little at $165. For more season ticket information, fans can call the Mallards at 309-277-1364.