Borowiecki and Petersson get recalled for road trip

TORONTO – Neither defenceman Mark Borowiecki nor right wing Andre Petersson expected it, not with their importance to the struggling Binghamton Senators.
But with the NHL team needing reinforcements for its four-game trip trough the western United States – Brian Lee’s out with a lower-body injury and the team was only carrying 12 forwards – Borowiecki and Petersson, Binghamton’s two best players, got a ticket out of wintry northwest New York.
They’re not coming along just as window dressing, either.
Coach Paul MacLean said both players will be making their NHL debuts on this trip.
It’ll be a special moment for Borowiecki, 22, the first Ottawa native taken by the team in the draft (fifth round, 139th overall, in 2008).
Where, exactly, he makes his NHL debut doesn’t matter, he said.
“I wouldn’t mind doing it back home in Ottawa but I’m not too picky,” he said.
So far in his first full professional season, Borowiecki has three goals, 12 assists, and 76 penalty minutes in 42 games.
He joined Binghamton for nine regular-season games last season after three years at Clarkson University and then played in 21 playoff games during Binghamton’s run to the 2011 Calder Cup championship.
This season is not quite as good. Binghamton is in last in the East Division.
“It’s a bit of an up-and-down year for us as a team but I guess that’s the way hockey is,” he said.
“But the coaches have shown a lot of confidence in me and hopefully it’ll pay off.”
Petersson, 21, is just delighted to be playing hockey, never mind being on the verge of making his NHL debut.
His lower back has bothered him for more than two years and his 2010-11 season with HV71 ended in January, after which he came to Ottawa to see if the Senators’ medical staff could help him find a non-surgical intervention.
They did. Last fall, he was finally able to play without pain.
“It was really hard,” he said.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play hockey again. Some mornings I couldn’t get out of my bed. It was very difficult.”
In his first season in the AHL, Petersson leads Binghamton in scoring with 12 goals and 13 assists in 30 games. Like Borowiecki, Petersson was also taken in the 2008 draft (fourth round, 109th overall).
He’ll be reunited with close friend Erik Karlsson. They’ve known each other since they were around 10 years old and have played on various club and national teams together.
“He’s a great guy,” said Karlsson.
“He’s been here five or six months now and is really starting to adapt to the game and the lifestyle.”
Petersson agrees.
“It’s a lot different from back in Sweden,” he said.
“Smaller ice, everything is faster. I needed these months to get used to the game.”

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