Latendresse punches out

Guillaume Latendresse received some post-game criticism following the Senators Game 2 loss when he didn’t drop the gloves to fight Canadiens fourth-line pest Ryan White.

Guillaume Latendresse received some post-game criticism following the Senators Game 2 loss when he didn’t drop the gloves to fight Canadiens fourth-line pest Ryan White.

That may or may not have had something to do with him being replaced in the lineup by Cory Conacher, who was a healthy scratch for the opening two games of the series.

Latendresse says his history has something to do with it.

“I missed games for concussion problems in the last two years,” he told Le Droit’s Sylvain St-Laurent. “I’m not going to start fighting at the end of games, just for the sake of fighting. There’s no chance that will ever happen. First of all, it’s not part of my make up. I fight once in a while, but I will fight if I have an opportunity to change the outcome of the game.”

If Senators coach Paul MacLean feels the need to add an offensive touch to the lineup at some point, will Latendresse get another shot?

Keep this in mind: Latendresse becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer and it’s unlikely the Senators will re-sign him. The club also has a large crop of Black Aces waiting in the wings for an opportunity to play, including call-ups from Binghamton of the American Hockey League who figure in the team’s future. Matt Stone, who played in Game 5 of the Senators’ playoff series against the New York Rangers last season, could get a look.

CONACHER AND GALLAGHER

You have to give Senators rookie Cory Conacher credit where it’s due. Even after he fought Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher in the midst of the Game 3 craziness — Conacher’s first big league major penalty, by the way — Conacher was full of praise for Gallagher for his nomination as one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

“I kind of root for a guy like Gallagher because of his size,” Conacher said. “I try to compete with a guy like him, he’s a guy who deserves to be there.”

You can say that in the midst of a heated playoff series?

“Well, I would rather hold the Stanley Cup in my hand than a Calder (Trophy). I root for him off the ice in terms of winning (the Calder), but not on the ice right now, not for the rest of this series.”

Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges, when asked if the fact Gallagher was leading the club in pre-game stretches was a nod to his Calder nomination: “It was more about we needed someone in the middle,” he said, with a laugh.

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