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Game Day 5: Sens @ Panthers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got some quotes from Craig Anderson and Matt Duchene along with an update on Mark Stone who was injured against Calgary before tonight's 7:30 p.m. start in Sunrise.

1. Anderson back in FLA

After playing parts of 3 seasons with the Panthers, Craig Anderson made his home in the Sunshine State and following the recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida the Sens' netminder reflected back on the terrible events that took place last month.

"My wife is there so she's been filling me in on what's been happening," said Anderson. "I'm not down there so I can't see it first hand but you get the messages and updates on how things are going."

No stranger to dealing with adversity, Anderson praised the community surrounding Sunrise and the Panthers for rallying around the tragic event.

"Luongo really stepped up there and talked to the fans," Anderson said. "He laid his emotions out there so that could be a good rally point for the guys and play for one cause. We saw that last season with Clarke MacArthur and myself being away from the team so when everyone has that common goal you tend to play a little better than you normally would."

Tweet from @NHL: "You guys are an inspiration to all of us. At the end of the day, you guys are what's giving us hope for the future."- Roberto Luongo to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. pic.twitter.com/P63aP0fslC

 

2. Stone injured

Sens head coach Guy Boucher met with the media yesterday in Ottawa before traveling for tonight's game and shared a rather concerning update on Mark Stone, who was apparently injured during Friday night's game against the Flames.

"Stone is injured and we don't know the extent of it," said the coach. "It's a leg injury and he's doing testing so we'll wait and see what happens there."

Stone finished Friday's game and actually logged just over 20 minutes of ice-time against Calgary but according to Boucher, it's still too early to tell how long the right winger will be out of action.

"It could be short, it could be a little longer or it could be very long," Boucher said about Stone who didn't join the Sens of their 2-game road trip in Florida.

This isn't the first injury for Stone this season, he missed 9 games from late January to early February with a lower body injury but picked up right where he left off offensively upon his return. Prior to Friday's contest, Stone had at least a point in 10 consecutive games.

Video: Boucher - Practice media

 

3. Duchene gets physical

I had made a note for myself during the Sens' loss to the Sabres on Thursday and I finally got around to following up on it yesterday. During his first shift against Buffalo, Matt Duchene was on the receiving end of a pretty big, open ice hit from Justin Falk but the Sens' top centre bounced right back up and quickly sprung Ryan Dzingel in on a partial breakaway for the game's first good scoring chance.

Normally a big hit, clean or otherwise, on a player of Duchene's calibre could draw a crowd and gloves have been known to hit the ice whether it's merited or not but in this scenario, Duchene's promptness to rejoin the play seemed to diffuse the situation and may have actually caught the Sabres off guard a little.

"I think there are certain times when it's malicious and they try to hurt someone but that was a hockey play," said Duchene of the check. "I saw Hoffman open on a potential breakaway and I knew I was going to have to take the hit but if there wasn't anything there I would've just chipped it in and taken the hit on my shoulder and not have gotten blown up there."

"Different plays warrant different reactions," Duchene continued. "I don't mind getting hit, it's part of the game but I almost don't like it when guys fight for me if I get hit hard. Sometimes it's necessary if the guy is trying to send a message and hurt you but with plays like that, it's part of the game."

Duchene admitted that it can be difficult to judge a hit's "cleanliness" in the heat of a game and noted that every situation surrounding it could be different.

"It's a balance. It can't be all the time and it can't be none of the time," he said about guys sticking up for their teammates following a hit. "You have to feel the temperature of it on the ice and I'm not usually the guy jumping in there (laughs) so you'd have to ask those guys."

 

4. Previous meeting

It was a low-scoring affair the last time these teams faced off with the Panthers earning a 1-0 win against a visiting Senators squad back on December 23rd, 2017. Mike Condon was great in goal and was beaten just once on 38 shots but unfortunately that was all that Florida needed to pick up the victory.

Highlights from that game are below...

Video: OTT Recap: Condon makes 37 saves in 1-0 loss

 

5. Where to watch

It's a 7:30 p.m. start time in Sunrise tonight and if you're in need of a spot to catch the game, then look no further. Be sure to hit up the Kelsey's in Barrhaven (in the Chapman Mills Marketplace) because they'll be serving up 23oz pints of Molson Canadian for just $7.78 during the game.

You can also catch all the action live on TSN5 and RDS2 along with on the radio with Dean Brown and Gord Wilson on TSN 1200.

Instagram from @senators: It's a #Sens game day! The 2-game swing through Florida starts tonight against the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. #GoSensGo

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