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Saprykin and Nycholat join new teammates for optional skate

Wednesday, 02.28.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Saprykin and Nycholat join new teammates for optional skate
Forward Oleg Saprykin changes out of his equipment after participating in his first skate with the Senators this morning. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Both defenceman Lawrence Nycholat and winger Oleg Saprykin were on the ice this morning with their new team during the Ottawa Senators' optional skate at Scotiabank Place.

Both players look forward to helping out the Senators for the rest of the season.

"There's always pressure to do well, to help your team (reach) goals," Saprykin said after the skate. "When you have pressure, I think you play better."

Nycholat, who has relatives residing in nearby Gatineau, Que., says he'll do all that he can to chip in on the blueline.

"I'm looking to contribute in any way they ask me to. This is a great team here, one of the top teams in the league. They have great defence here, and I'm excited about that."

Nycholat spoke about what stood out most while playing against the Senators with his former team, the Washington Capitals.

"(The Senators are) tough to play against because the forecheck and attack have lots of layers to it. You don't know who's going to come in first. The defence is mobile, and the way they move the puck in transition, it's hard to play against. They give the forwards chances to make plays."

Nycholat won't play against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight because Senators head coach Bryan Murray won't make any lineup changes on the blueline after a 4-2 victory over Carolina last night. Saprykin is expected to skate on one of the forward lines.

"He's going to play at this point, but I'm not positive (on what line)," Murray said this morning. "I have to talk to him to find out where he plays best."

Volchenkov picks opportune time for first goal in 85 games
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov, the NHL leader in blocked shots with 218, scored his first goal in 85 games last night to tie the game at 2-2 and spark a third-period comeback resulting in a win for Ottawa. He was asked today if scoring a goal means more to him than blocking shots.

"Teamwork is more important than goals or blocked shots," he quickly responded.

Volchenkov does admit, though, it did feel good to hit the back of the net.

"I've had lots of chances, and the sticks kept breaking. Schubie (Christoph Schubert) gave me a one-timer in the second period and the stick broke again. I got a new stick and Philly (Chris Phillips) gave me another one-timer, this time I scored. Every player likes to score. There are 19 games left, maybe I'll score a couple more."

 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10