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Coburn returns to lineup against Flames

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

There's no doubt February was a long month for Braydon Coburn.

The veteran defenceman only suited up in two of the Ottawa Senators' 14 games over that time frame. But March is a new month and Coburn, who celebrated his 36th birthday Saturday, will draw in tonight against the Calgary Flames.

"I try to rely on my experience as much as I can," he said. "When I'm not playing [I'm] trying to stay in shape and keep sharp as much as I can and play my game when I'm in the lineup."

All in all, Coburn has played nine games this season tallying one assist. He's averaged 17:21 a night when he's been in the lineup.

"You try to come to the rink every day with a positive attitude and control what you can control," Coburn said. "Once you do that, it's out of your hands and [when] you realize that, you put the work in and you go from there."

The Saskatchewan native, who won a Stanley Cup last season with the Lightning, is a goal shy of 50 for his career but more importantly, he sits 27 games short of the 1,000 mark and admits he thinks about it 'a little bit.' The Sens have 33 games left in the regular season.

"You try not to think about it too much because looking 27 games out is tough and you just try to make sure you focus on doing a good job in the game that you're in at the moment."

But to get to 1,000 games, Coburn realizes he has to remain in the lineup, and he's the only one who can control whether his performance dictates that. And it starts tonight with an opportunity against Calgary.

"Like any team when you come in, you try and earn your spot and play well and stay in the lineup," he said. "That hasn't happened for me yet this year and I'm just trying to make sure I go out there and play my game and play as well as I can and that's all I can control."

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