Senators defenceman Marc Methot can’t remember the last time he’s played so much hockey in a weekend.
Methot was on the ice for 27:58 during the Senators’ 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday. Coupled with the 25:23 he played in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers, he topped the 53-minute mark. Once you add in another 21:31 from Thursday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins, Monday’s day off from practice was clearly welcome.
Methot isn’t alone in logging big minutes. All the Senators are working overtime. The Senators have gone to extra time in five of their eight games, winning three and losing two.
For all the talk about the Senators tiny scoring numbers, they have some big minute men on defence. Sergei Gonchar (23:37, 28:23, 22:55), Eric Gryba (25:31, 23:14, 20:41) and Sergei Gonchar (23:37, 28:23, 22:55) carried a heavy load during the past three games, receiving additional ice time Saturday against Philadelphia because Mike Lundin was knocked out with a concussion early following the ugly hit by Flyers winger Harry Zolnierczyk.
Rookie goaltender Robin Lehner was hard on himself for his performance in Sunday’s shootout loss to the Islanders, allowing goals to Frans Nielsen and John Tavares. It was the first shootout of Lehner’s NHL career. If it’s any consolation, Lehner might want to know that Nielsen is the most successful shooter in the history of the shootout, scoring on 25 of his 40 attempts, an impressive 62.5 success rate. In 341 career games, Nielsen has scored 56 goals. He has only two goals in 22 games this season.
THE RECOVERY CONTINUES:
Defenceman Jared Cowen is back on the ice, but don’t get your hopes up, Senators fans. He’s not coming back to play this season, according to general manager Bryan Murray. ”He was bored,” Murray said of Cowen’s return to light skating. Murray says Cowen received a doctor’s clearance to get back on the ice, but the plan remains for him to sit out the entire season following his hip surgery in November.