That was the official playing time recorded by Senators winger Dave Dziurzynski in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sadly, Dziurzynski lay on the ice, unconscious, for longer than that, after being knocked out cold by a Frazer McLaren punch in the first minute of play. McLaren asked Dziurzynski to fight “to get us going early,” McLaren said.
The early exchanges were even, but then McLaren caught Dziurzynksi with a right hand and he was out before he even hit the ice.
“It was a lucky punch,” McLaren said. “It happens sometimes.”
“You know, if you catch someone in the right spot, it doesn’t have to be the hardest punch. You can knock someone out easily. I’ve been knocked out myself, it happens . . . I know how it feels.”
McLaren said he was concerned about Dziurzynski and was checking with team doctors between periods to find out how he was.
The Senators did not have an update on Dziurzynski’s condition afterward, but the anecdotal references were encouraging.
Said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson:
“It’s never fun when you see someone go down and get hurt like that, but it looks like he’s not too bad off and hopefully he can come back soon.”
Head coach Paul MacLean did not feel the Dziurzynski injury was a factor in the outcome of the game, which featured separate three goal leads by the Leafs, 3-0 and then 5-2, before a late rally by Ottawa. The Senators paid for playing a bit soft in their own zone early on.
“We made a couple of fatal errors in our zone the first goal of the game and the start of the second period,” MacLean said. “We were there, but we weren’t there in our coverage. That power play goal (by Phil Kessel) in the third period was the difference in the game.”
Ironically, the Senators would score four goals for the first time in a month and lose the game, but the goals came as a result of opening up play while trying to catch up. Ottawa’s second goal of the night came from Zack Smith, his first of the season, while on a line with Alfredsson and Milan Michalek.
“Yeah, it was a long time coming,” said Smith, who joked he’s been counting the days, minutes, and shifts between goals. “But I’ve had my chances in the last little while and I knew it was going to come. It was very relieving to say the least.”
UPSIDE OF LOSING
MacLean said that scoring four goals was “positive for us, and Zack Smith got a goal, Mika (Zibanejad) scored again and played very good. A lot of positive things happened in the game and some not so positive things but at the end of the night we were competitive.”
BISHOP IN TOUGH
The Senators goaltending has been so stellar, no one is going to complain about one bad game, but Ben Bishop did have a tough night, allowing two goals on the first four shots he faced and five on 28 overall.
“You’re not going to be able to let in one goal every single game,” Bishop said. “I would have liked to have the Kessel one back. The first one (Tyler Bozak) was a lucky bounce. I don’t see the second one (Jay McLement). The third one James Van Riemsdyk, I made a mistake on, if bounces had gone our way we might have won the game. But you forget about it and move on.”
A BS STAT
The Leafs blocked 26 Ottawa shots, a reflection of how much zone time the Senators had, especially in the second half of the game. Ottawa native Mark Fraser blocked four of the 26 for Toronto.
PHILLIPS LOGS TOI
Veteran Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and Dion Phaneuf of the Leafs led all players in ice time, and coincidentally played almost exactly the same time. Phillips was on for 23 minutes and two seconds, Phaneuf was 23:03.
Five different players recorded five shots on goal, including Phillips, Colin Greening and Smith for the Senators; Phil Kessel and Van Riemsdyk for the Leafs.