NEWS: Sens News: March 26th

Craig Anderson talked about his play and his health:

I knew they could count on me going in there and I had to make sure I held up the fort. A lot of it comes down to how the team is playing. Statistics are a direct result of how the team is playing. If the team is playing well, we’re scoring a lot of goals, we get out to a lead, stats sway in your direction. You get down a couple of goals, the game changes and before you know it, your stats aren’t looking that great. The strength is almost there. It’s not where it was before the injury but I knew that going in. I was able to do everything I could do before the injury, minus shooting the puck 50 mph, maybe I can only shoot it 35 mph. There was some battles around the net where I had to really battle with it. It’s only going to get better. Who is to say by next weekend it’s not 100%? It might be.

ESPN‘s power rankings are out with Ottawa 16th.

Kurt Kleinendorst talked about last night’s loss:

I probably shouldn’t be surprised. For whatever reason, we just can’t find a way to sustain anything. I could come up with some reasons, but they would all sound like excuses, so I’m just not going to go there. But it is frustrating because when we come out and play hard, and when we have some jam and a little bit of desperation to our game, we’re hard to play against and tough to beat. That’s when we have success. It’s really so obvious, but they don’t quite get it for some reason.

Matt Puempel talked about his first game for Binghamton:

Being cleared for the last couple weeks, I haven’t really thought about the concussion or anything like that. It was kind of good to not think about it because you show you’re not hesitant. I was just trying to make a couple hits, just get involved physically, because that really is the first contact I’ve had since January. With the change and everything, you kind of focus on different things. It’s less about coming back from a concussion and more about just getting a chance to play here. It was pretty much my first game I finished since December, so it was good. It was a lot of fun. It will take time to adjust, coming off an injury and then up to this level, it’s a really good league, and you can’t take that for granted. There was definitely an adjustment period, but it was a ton of fun. It felt good to get the first one out of the way and felt good for a first pro game.

-Elmira won in a shootout, with Brian Stewart getting the win and Corey Cowick adding a goal.

-Prospect updates for those still playing (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence):
Mark Stone (RW, Brandon, WHL) 3-1-2-3 (t-2nd) (Brandon leads Calgary 2-1)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 3-1-2-3 (3rd) (67’s leads Belleville 2-1)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 2-2-0-2 (1st) (Plymouth trails Guelph 0-2)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) DNP (n/a) (Chicoutimi leads Acadia-Bathurst 2-0)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 2-1-1-2 (8th) (Rimouski’s leads Val-D’Or 2-0)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 2-0-0-0 (t-11th) (Spokane trails Vancouver 0-2)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 2-0-1-1 (2nd) (Victoria trails Kamloops 0-2)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 6-5-4-9 (1st) (Brynas will play Farjestad in the second round)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 5-0-2-2 (8th) (Djurgarden is 1-2-2 in relegation with five games left to play)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 5-1-1-2 (2nd) (Djurgarden is 1-2-2 in relegation with five games left to play)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 3-1-0-1 (9th) (Boras is 2-2-1 in relegation with five games left to play)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 1-0-1-1 (1st) (Miami lost in the NCAA tournament and was eliminated)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 2-0-1-1 (1st) (North Dakota lost in the NCAA tournament and was eliminated)

This article is written by Peter Levi, be sure to follow @eyeonthesens