A long day, but a good day for Borowiecki

Mark Borowiecki looked like he needed a nap.

A long day, but a good day for Borowiecki
Mark Borowiecki #74 of the Ottawa Senators defends against Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL preseason game at the Bell Centre on September 26, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Senators 3-1. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Mark Borowiecki looked like he needed a nap Saturday morning.

Given his schedule this weekend, that’s no surprise.

Borowiecki and his B-Sens teammates rolled into Binghamton at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning after a road game against Adirondack, at which point coach Luke Richardson informed him his day was about to get much longer. Two hours later, he was en route to Ottawa for a noon practice at the Bell Sensplex with the big club.

“It was a nice surprise after the game,” he said following practice. “Coach pulled me into his office and told me I was going up, so it’s always kind of cool to get that news.”

Looking for anything to slow the carpet bombing of shots at their net, the Senators will put him right to work Sunday against the Dallas Stars. Coach Paul MacLean hadn’t decided who will come out of the lineup to accommodate the move.

Borowiecki has zero points and 27 penalty minutes in nine AHL games this season, but scoring isn’t his concern. The hope is the swift 6-2, 205-pound Ottawa native can take some of the load off Ottawa’s goaltenders.

Robin Lehner set a new franchise record with 53 saves in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders, the third time this young season the Senators have allowed 50 shots or more on goal.

Borowiecki knows his role is to keep things simple.

“We talked about it a little bit today, it’s just be myself, bring a little sandpaper, some grit and hopefully up the compete level a little bit,” he said. “It’s kind of my strong suit, intensity, and sometimes it’s nice to get a little energy into the lineup.

“Something I’ve worked on this year too is making that first good outlet pass, and I’ve really been focusing on that.”

On a side note, Borowiecki has been playing with Senators first-round draft pick Cody Ceci in Bingo, and he said the youngster has been very impressive.

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