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Borowiecki talks split-squad game

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

We caught up with Sens defenceman Mark Borowiecki before leaving for Toronto for tonight's preseason split-squad game against the Leafs.

On actually getting to play in a game again:

For sure. A lot of shinny in the summer, a lot of practices so it's nice to get back into the swing of things. Every guy wants to play regardless of what the situation is so it's nice to be in that game setting.

On the rivalry against Toronto meaning something in the preseason:

There's always a rivalry no matter what. It's like the Habs too. It's always there a little bit. It's going to be a bit of a feeling out process tonight so I'm not sure that it's going to be quite the intensity that you'd see in the regular season. Guys getting a feel for the puck and getting timing back but it's still going to be a hard game and competitive. Should be fun.

On things he's working on during the preseason games:

For most defenceman it's always about timing. Your 1-on-1's, your 2-on-1's, your reads on guys...in the summer you're not being a very responsible defenceman out there. You're just kind of floating around, going through the motions while playing shinny so it's important to get back into that intense mindset and make sure you know where your angles are and who your man is.

On being paired with Ben Harpur for tonight's game in Toronto:

Benny's a big boy, left shot and plays on his right side. I've got a lot of respect for guys who do that. It's not easy to play you offside so I'm looking forward to it.

On his pairing playing physical tonight:

We both definitely play that way and he's got the body for it. It's one of those things that when you're paired with a guy like that you want to let the hits come to you. You don't want to get both of you running around and out of position. Again, tonight's all about timing. Get your timing back and if the hit is there, take it. And if not, don't go chasing it.

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