Sens defenceman Mark Borowiecki made his return to Ottawa on Sunday after getting an hour of sleep between his recall and arrival. He offered his thoughts on his return and the growth of his game since his last stint in Ottawa.
Here's what he had to say...
It was cool. It's always exciting, especially since everyone knows it's your hometown, that makes it a little bit extra special. No matter how many times you've played here or what game it is it's always nice, but I felt comfortable so it was good.
On his first game:
I felt strong, I felt confident — a lot more confident than I have in years past — I was kind of told why I was brought up here at this given time and I just kind of tried to stick to that, play hard physically and demand my share of the ice and make sure I'm tough to play against.
On his evolution:
I think there's a couple of big things. For me I've always been a player who runs off of confidence. I think the older I get the more situations I encounter and as a result I get more confident. I just feel 100 times more confident this year and I think that's big for me. I think I've evolved playing with the puck. I wasn't comfortable with the puck in years past and I worked on it a lot this summer, I worked on it in camp and I've really been working on it down there and I think it has translated really well for me.
On being the captain in Binghamton:
It's always a learning thing for a young guy who's wearing a letter and it's kind of a balancing act between being the vocal leader, but making sure you're taking care of your game too. I think it's kind of a good situation for me. It has forced me to learn on the fly how to lead but, like I said, make sure I'm at the top of my game too.
On taking on a big PK role immediately:
We try to keep our systems pretty similar between down there and the big club so the transition isn't too too tough. Obviously guys up here can make plays, that's just the bottom line, they can make plays guys in the American League don't make and you've really got to be sharp and focused on every shift. There's no time to catch your breath out there but, you know, it was good. The coaches up here showed some confidence in me up here and put me in some roles like that so I was pretty thankful for that.
On generating shorthanded chances:
I just think it's every guy knowing his responsibilities and, as a result of that, every guy being able to trust the other players on the ice. You never have to check over your shoulder and make sure your buddy is doing what he's supposed to do when you know where you're going to be out there and I think it worked.
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