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Game Day 5: Sens @ Golden Knights

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got some quotes from Alex Burrows on his return from suspension, Guy Boucher on the goals for the rest of the year, an injury update from Mark Borowiecki and more...

1. Burrows' return

With his 10-game suspension complete, Alex Burrows is expected to rejoin the Sens line-up tonight in Las Vegas.

"It's been a while for sure," said Burrows after yesterday's practice. "It's tough to be away from the team and to be away from the guys on a daily basis but I'm glad I'm back now."

Burrows, who will sub in in place of Marian Gaborik who sustained a minor injury in Tuesday's loss to the Capitals, expressed remorse for his actions on February 6th against the Devils and looks forward to moving on from the incident.

"Obviously I messed up on that one," he said of his lengthy suspension. "I let my emotions get the best of me but I've moved on and put that behind me. I'm looking forward to getting back in the line-up and hopefully help the guys to win some games."

 

2. From the coach

Sens head Guy Boucher met with the media following yesterday's skate in Las Vegas and spoke about some of the short-term and long-term goals that they'll be working towards for the remainder of the season.

On building off their recent strong play:

We definitely liked our last game. We outshot them, out-chanced them and we only gave them 22 shots so we want to continue doing that but there are a few things that we want to improve. We talked about it, watched some video and went out on the ice and practiced it. We were very specific on what we're tackling so we're going to do that until the end of the year.

 

What the long-term plans are now that the trade deadline has passed:

The long-term goal is to continue building and improve in different facets of the game. We've been injecting different guys in the line-up, trying different guys and looking at the future for a while now so in that respect it's not because the trade deadline has passed that that's changed. We've been on that for a while but it's good to know who's here and who's not now. There's no uncertainty for sure but it hasn't changed what we've been doing on the ice. 

Video: Coach Practice Media

 

3. Update on Borowiecki

After leaving Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury, many feared the worst for Mark Borowiecki who missed a large chunk of games earlier this season with a concussion but the rugged blueliner returned to practice yesterday without any issues.

"I feel really good today," said Borowiecki after the skate. "It was just more of a precautionary thing. With what I've been through this year, we just didn't want to take any chances."

Borowiecki suffered the injury during a fight with Washington's Tom Wilson and returned briefly before calling it a night.

"I wanted to come back out again but the first few shifts after I just felt a little off," he continued. "Not even "head"-wise...it was more my neck. You could see I made some uncharacteristic plays on a couple of shifts and I just tried to sit and think about it but the smartest thing was just to get off."

Following his return from a concussion this season, Borowiecki shared that he'll look to pick his spots a little better when it comes to dropping the gloves and admits that the tussle in D.C. may not have been the wisest decision.

"In hindsight, I don't think that was probably the most mature thing for me to do given my situation," Borowiecki said. "I had a long talk on the phone with my wife yesterday and I went to the coaches today and it's one of those things for me now that fighting has to be a spontaneous thing."

"The way I'm playing right now, I can contribute more with my gloves on."

 

4. Previous meeting

These teams clashed for the first time ever back on November 4th, 2017 in Ottawa where a late push by the Sens fell short and they dropped a 5-4 decision to the Golden Knights. Mark Stone, Alex Burrows, Ryan Dzingel and Erik Karlsson each found the back of the net in defeat.

Full game highlights below...

Video: Condensed Game: Golden Knights @ Senators

 

5. Where to watch

It's a late one tonight so why not head out and catch the game with some friends? Swing by Buster's Bar & Grill on Carling where they'll be serving up 20oz Draft of Molson Canadian for just $5.25 all game long.

You can also catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS2 along with on the radio on TSN 1200.

Instagram from @senators: It's a #Sens game day! Put on a pot of coffee because puck drop in Vegas tonight is set for 10 p.m. #GoSensGo

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