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Player Spotlight: Chris Phillips

Thursday, 08.16.2012 / 2:57 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Player Spotlight: Chris Phillips

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

CHRIS PHILLIPS

2011-12 stats: 80 GP, 5 G, 15 A, 19 PTS, 16 PIM, +16 rating

Last season: Like a lot of members of the Senators blue line, Phillips enjoyed a much-improved season over 2010-11 and the big boost in his plus-minus number (from -35 to +16) is reflective of that. Phillips is also the Senators' resident ironman and, for the sixth straight season, he suited up for at least 80 of Ottawa's 82 regular-season games. Along the way, Phillips joined captain Daniel Alfredsson as the only players to reach the 1,000-game career milestone by playing all of it for the Senators.

The highlight: Without question, it came on Feb. 9, when the Senators edged the Nashville Predators 4-3. Phillips produced his first two-goal game in more than two years, one of them being the game-winner. And all of that happened to fall on the evening he played his 1,000th career NHL game. They write movies about nights like that.

Looking forward: With Filip Kuba departing via free agency, Phillips' veteran presence becomes even more critical in the season to come — especially considering the Senators' blue-line brigade includes two new names (Marc Methot and Mike Lundin) and could add another young face, such as Mark Borowiecki or Patrick Wiercioch, to the group. Expect Phillips to provide the same kind of steady, stay-at-home presence that has been the hallmark of the career of the former No. 1 pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Quote (on his 1,000th career game): "What can you say? It was just an unbelievable night to begin with. It just kept getting better and better. How often do I score, let alone two? And (to have) the game-winner ..."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 3 1 2 -2 3
M. Stone 3 0 3 0 3
E. Karlsson 3 0 3 0 3
C. MacArthur 3 2 0 -1 2
M. Zibanejad 3 1 1 0 2
M. Michalek 3 1 0 -1 1
K. Turris 3 1 0 -2 1
C. Ceci 3 0 1 -3 1
J. Pageau 3 0 0 -1 0
M. Hoffman 3 0 0 -3 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44
C. Anderson 0 1 1 .959 1.74