Sens' Chara will face off with anyone

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

I thought Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was kidding when he said he was so bad on faceoffs in 3-on-5 situations he was going to let D-man Zdeno Chara take them.

But Chara was 1-1 Thursday night and flipped the puck out of the zone on the one he won. He's now 2-1 on the season and tied with Nashville's Jamie Allison for faceoff wins by defencemen (their three faceoffs apiece are the most by any defencemen).

Only 14 blueliners have taken faceoffs this year and given the results, you have to wonder why not more?

None of them have a losing record.

HEAR AND THERE: Another reason why hockey is more fly than baseball: NHL.com has Elisha Cuthbert as a blogger. MLB.com has Jack Klugman ... Senators G Ray Emery, who has galloped past W Peter Schaefer as the team's clotheshorse, was stylin' the other day with a white track-suit type thing with red trim. Taking it in from across the room, C Jason Spezza tried to get Emery's attention. "Hey, T.O.," he shouted.

THE BUZZ: Seeing rookie Paula Creamer, 19, take on superstar Annika Sorenstam in a rules dispute was pretty entertaining. The brash newcomer taking on the established star brings an edge to golf you don't even see in the men's game. Most guys on the PGA Tour need rubber knickers when they try to look Tiger Woods in the eye.

REVELATIONS: Want to feel old? Remember when Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann's leg and you threw up all over your TV dinner? That was 20 years ago Friday ... Giants LB Harry Carson remembered this for a Washington paper as they carted Theismann off the field, bone sticking out of his sock: "Joe being Joe said to all of us, 'Don't worry guys. I'll be back.' I looked at him lying there and I said 'Joe, you'll be back, but you won't be back tonight.' "... Jean Van de Velde said he's going to enter next year's Women's British Open.

SPECULATIONS: When was the last time the New Jersey Devils didn't have a player in the plus column in the plus-minus stats? Maybe about the time Wayne Gretzky called them a "Mickey Mouse operation." ... Just how much is technology impacting golf? There were 19 drives of 400 yards or longer on the PGA Tour this year. If that sounds like a lot to you, consider this: 2,059 drives finished over 350 yards.

JUST WONDERING: At least one inquiring mind wanted to know just what Jacques Martin was doing putting Eric Cairns, his seventh defenceman, on the ice in the third period of a 1-0 game Thursday night. You know what happened: Cairns took two bad penalties, the Senators scored and won. Poor Jacques. He got ripped here for not putting his tough guys on the ice, now he comes back and gets questioned for using one ... Who do you think will get the next win? The Raptors or the Blue Jays?

LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: I need an interpreter when PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem speaks. "Incentivize?"... Now I know why they spend all that money going to law school: Defence lawyer Jose Luis Tamayo said pitcher Ugueth Urbina's being charged with attempted murder "of course, can in some way hurt his career as a professional ballplayer." Yathink?

NAPKIN NOTES: Former 67's G Matthew Spezza is now with the expansion St. John's Fog Devils of the "Q." He had a 41-save effort in his debut in an upset of Acadie-Bathurst. Maybe he can settle in one spot now for a bit. He's been with four teams in less than a year ... Another beauty from the Finchem lexicon: "Impactful."

PARTING SHOT: Imagine standing on the first tee at historic St. Andrews, about to tee off, when playing partner Woods leans close to give you some advice. It's gotta be something mystical, right? Said Woods to actor Samuel L. Jackson, who tells the story in Golf Digest: "Stay out of the bunkers." That's it? Gee, thanks, Tiger.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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