Mike Lundin has a unique encore planned for the day after his debut as an Ottawa Senator.
He will become the father of twin girls on Friday. Lundin, 28, and his wife, Shelly, are expecting twins, and because one of them is not positioned properly, Shelly is scheduled to give birth by C-section in Ottawa Friday.
“It was everything I could do to just to focus on hockey. Now, I put that away and it will be a shift to get to that (childbirth), ” Lundin said after the Senators 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina. He said he hadn’t yet told his coach he may have to miss practice Friday.
“It’s pretty crazy here, I don’t how this timing worked out but it’s a big day (Friday).”
The new girls already have names – Lilly and Sophie. The couple also have a two-year-old son, Finn.
Considering the family circumstances, Lundin was terrific in his first game since returning from a broken finger suffered during the lockout. Head coach Paul MacLean termed it a “smooth 19 minutes” for the Minnesota native. Now, he should have his game legs, MacLean said.
Lundin was not on for any goals against and managed three shots. By his admission, he will be better.
“I’ll take it, for the situation,” he said. “I’d like a few plays back. A few things were off, but it was OK. ”
“Legs and wind I felt pretty good. Just those little things like getting the puck – I want to look up to find a guy on the breakout, but I’m too busy finding it in my feet and little things like that. You’re not in mid-season form. You’re not sharp to make some of those good plays.