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Senators Olympians return to practice ice

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
While they were opponents during the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Andrej Meszaros, left, and Christoph Schubert were back on the ice as teammates with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Olympic defencemen Zdeno Chara, Andrej Meszaros and Christoph Schubert returned to Senators' practice today, and Team Canada's Wade Redden, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley should be back on Scotiabank Place ice tomorrow.

The players spoke about their experiences at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

"It was overwhelming to be there competing with all the athletes representing their countries," Chara said. "(Losing in the quarter-finals to the Czech Republic) was tough to swallow for sure because we were so close to playing for a medal. I felt this was the year everything was working for us."

While he has played primarily with Brian Pothier in Ottawa, Meszaros had the opportunity to team up on the Slovakian blueline with Chara at the Olympics.

" Z is a great player and it was something special to play with him," he said.

Even though Team Canada lost to Russia in the quarter-finals, Redden still enjoyed the trip to Italy.

"The Olympics are an opportunity not too many get to experience. Every guy that goes becomes a better player. It's a pretty big honour."

While it was tough to come up short with Team Canada, Redden was happy to see Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson win gold.

"I'm very happy for Alfie. Once we were out, I was rooting for our guys. It was good to see Alfie win gold."

Coach Bryan Murray said he expected to have both Alfredsson and Russian defenceman Anton Volchenkov available when NHL action resumes for the Senators on Wednesday in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

Senators recall Binghamton goaltender

While Dominik Hasek continues to rehab his strained adductor muscle, the Ottawa Senators have recalled goaltender Billy Thompson from their American Hockey League affiliate Binghamton Senators. Goaltending coach Ron Low spoke about the 23-year-old Thompson.

"Billy has played really well the last month. Last year he was absolutely excellent. He's a butterfly goaltender. He has decent hands, and really good feet."

While Murray said Hasek would likely not return to the lineup this week, he expects to bring both Hasek and Thompson on the Senators' road trip from March 4 to March 12 with stops in Toronto, Tampa Bay, Florida, Atlanta and Washington.

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