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Neil gets power-play opportunity

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Senators forward Chris Neil's desire to create traffic in front of opposing nets is leading to more power-play opportunities.

by Todd Anderson

Not only did Chris Neil make a great play to set up Chris Phillips' opening goal in a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens last night, but he also provided a spark to the club's power play.

Coach Bryan Murray called upon the rugged veteran to try and create some traffic in front of the opposing net, and Neil obliged.

"Not only did he do that, he also retrieved pucks for us as well," Murray said after practice today. "Chris is a physical kid, a character kid. When we get the puck in the offensive zone, we know Chris will go to the net. When the other team dumps the puck in (the Senators' zone), we know he'll make a hit."

Today Neil skated on a line with Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. While Murray likes what he saw after reuniting Heatley and Spezza together last night, he says the third member of the line could alternate. Neil won't necessarily be with the pair tomorrow when the club visits Montreal.

"It may be a variety of guys who play there, it depends on who we're playing," Murray said, looking ahead to the remainder of the season. "It might be Patrick Eaves, Chris Neil or Mike Comrie."

Re-live the excitement of Sens Skills presented by Bell
Fans who missed the excitement of the 2007 Sens Skills presented by Bell and those who want to re-live the experience will have that opportunity on Saturday when A-Channel broadcasts two hours of coverage from the Senators skills competition starting at 1 p.m.

The broadcast will feature highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the event that was held on Feb. 4 at Scotiabank Place in front of 16,161 fans.

Hamel placed on waivers
The Senators placed forward Denis Hamel on waivers today and teams have a chance to claim him until 12 noon tomorrow. The Lachute, Que., native has four goals, six points and 10 penalty minutes in 41 games with Ottawa this season.


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