Craig Anderson spoke to the media today after practice where he participated again today. It sounds as though there's reason to be encouraged as everything seems to be coming along nicely.
Here's what Andy had to say...
On how he feels:
Everyday seems to be getting a lot better. Just trying to do everything I can to get back soon.
Nothing has been set in stone yet, we just kind of take it day by day and right now the progress outstanding everyday. Every day I can do more and more out there. That's kind of where we're at right now.
On his progress:
I can skate, I can stop, I can push, I can do a lot of things that a forward can do. I haven't taken the step yet to see what a goalie can do. I think that's going to be the next step is see how it is tomorrow and see if I can get into the butterfly at all.
On if he actually wants to play forward:
Yeah but I don't think you want me out there. I'm pretty good for a beer leaguer and that's about it.
On how he will be trying to progress this weekend:
We've got some ice in the morning, it'll be early but they said it's just a matter of trying to stay in shape and making sure that when my ankle does feel 100 per cent I'm ready to play.
Considering how bad the injury looked when it happened, it's hard not to be encouraged by Anderson's update. The play of Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner has been reassuring in Anderson's absence, but it's always good to get the man who was the best goalie in the league at the time of his injury back between the pipes. Obviously the Sens are in no rush right now, but it sounds as though he'll be in the mix sooner rather than later.
Bishop will start tomorrow vs. Philadelphia.
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There are few things which have the power to capture moments in sport better than a montage and I'm here to prove today that is absolutely beyond debate.
Below is a video put together for Sens TV called "Carry On" which recaps the Sens very exciting four game homestand which ended with four straight wins.
Hit play and prepare to feel tingly inside.
It's official. One year after he pitched a shutout against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Robin Lehner will have an opportunity to repeat himself. He's getting the start tonight against the B's at TD Garden. It will mark his first appearance of the season in the NHL.
In 13 career NHL games to-date, the 21 year old is 4-6-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .910 SV%.
On if he'll having trouble getting focused with a big gap between games:
No, I've still played lots of games this year. I'm just excited to be back here and playing against a great team with a great team. It's always fun.
On if he thinks back to his first shutout in Boston:
No... It's game to game. I've lost against these guys too. They're very skilled and I have a lot of respect for them and we're just going to go out and do our best and try and get the two points.
On how he prepares after the layover:
Have a good morning skate and get back into it. I've been doing it for a few years now so it's in my body, it's in my mind, it's not that big of a deal.
On if he is surprised to start tonight:
When I'm up here I have a huge amount of respect for the other two goalies who play. They've been having very good seasons and I've been having good success too down in the AHL. I'm excited to get the start today.
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Coming off of a five game winning streak the Senators are in for a real test on Thursday night when they take on the Boston Bruins. The Bruins currently sit tied with the Sens in the Eastern Conference as both have 26 points. Boston, however, has done it in four less games.
Needless to say, it will be a measuring stick for where the Sens are as a team.
A common theme surrounding the Sens home success over the past week has been their ability to generate the right matchups in game and on the ice. It's no secret that having the last change is a massive asset for any team or coaching staff looking to take certain players on. Sens fans need look no further than Zack Smith's line and its ability to clamp down on top units.
When asked about the benefits of certain matchups, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson acknowledged that Ottawa was more suited to capitalize on certain opponents than others, but that the differences between opponents isn't as vast as it may seem.
"I think we do but at the same time the differences between teams are not that big. Everybody forechecks pretty much the same way. Boston is a more physical team than Montreal is, but Montreal is, especially on defence, really mobile."
The Canadiens gave the Sens fits with their skating last game and seemed to just be a step quicker all night. Alfredsson suggested that this was the result of passive play more than anything and that an attacking approach can rectify those shortcomings.
"They move the puck really well. (On Monday) they really had a good gap and we, as forwards, didn't have a lot of time and I think that's one thing we can improve with our play," said Alfredsson. "Make sure we have a third forward with our D so we can be a little bit more aggressive. I think we gave them (Montreal) a little bit too much time with the puck in the neutral zone and that's why we ended up chasing it a lot."
The Sens have historically struggled against the Bruins and, furthermore, in Boston. With that in mind, however, this year's pesky Sens have found a way to give very strong teams fits all season long. What's the key to their success in Beantown?
"They're a good team right now, they've kept the core of their team together for the last few years and have been getting better and better. With our team now, I like our chances," said Alfredsson. "I think teams know we work extremely hard and if we're in games they know that, you know, we should — maybe — beat this team and they start doubting themselves a little bit. That's one of the secrets for us."
If there's anything we've learned this season, it's never a good idea to count out the Sens.
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When Dave Dziurzynski was called up to the big club, a lot of fans weren't sure what to expect from the big 23 year old. With a large frame and two-way game, he plays a style that often veers away from the stat sheet and, consequently, away from attention.
The good news there is 'Dizzy' plays a game appreciated by his teammates and coaches. Responsibility in all three zones, physicality and smart play all lend themselves well to the system Paul MacLean & Co. preach here in Ottawa.
From here on out it's not so much a matter of Dziurzynski changing that game to fit the NHL level as it is improving the way he plays it.
"Yeah, just trying to adapt to every game and get better and get more confidence. I think they're kind of using me in a shut down role so it's playing against the top line and getting more minutes and trying to get more comfortable. "
The comfort level hasn't been a problem for many of the Sens' call-ups this season, in large part because there have been too many new faces. Depending on what corner of the locker room you're in you are finding players who were plugging away in Binghamton together just a few weeks ago.
"It definitely helps, a lot of familiar faces around the room, a lot of guys I played with and won a Calder Cup with so we're pretty close with everyone and it makes it a lot easier, just coming in to adapt when you're nervous coming in. Seeing everyone, it helps a lot."
The friendly faces have been about the only easy part of the adjustment.
In a matter of hours, Dziurzynski went from AHL forward at-large to shutdown winger on an NHL team. One of his first assignments was lining up against Toronto's Phil Kessel, the League's sixth leading point getter last season.
Welcome to The Show, kid.
"You grew up watching him on TV so it's a little bit... overwhelming at first but I'm just trying to settle down early in the game, keep it really simple and play my best and help Smitty (Zack Smith) and Neiler (Chris Neil) out. "
To that line's credit, Kessel has zero points in two games against Ottawa.
Dziurzynski has now played in six NHL games and found a way to score two goals for his efforts. All told it's not a half bad start for a player who has been relied upon to shut down opposing goal scorers.
The real question after all of this is what he is doing with that first ever puck, scored on Rick DiPietro on February 19, .
"Ottawa makes a first goal thing for you so it's going to go to my family. My parents have a Wall of Fame type of thing so it's going to go to them to put on their wall."
Most pictures are worth a thousand words. This one is probably worth about two, and they add up to way more than a thousand.
Between Carey Price in a pretzel in the crease, sly Regin non-chalantly realizing he's being photographed while scoring a ludicrous goal and winning a game, it's tough to beat this photo.
Those of you who want to see other lovely photos from this game can click here.
Those who want to watch Regin's beautiful goal again can watch below. Clicking replay several times is allowed.
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