Bochenski gets shot

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

BOSTON -- Brandon Bochenski wants to make the most of his second chance.

The NHL's hottest player in the preseason was back with the Senators against the Bruins last night after being recalled from Binghamton.

Bochenski, who struggled with one goal and four assists in the club's first 10 games, has no illusions about what he's got to do if he's going to stay here while winger Martin Havlat is injured.

"I've got to put the puck in the net," said Bochenski, who took Havlat's spot beside centre Bryan Smolinski and winger Peter Schaefer in Boston.

"(Scoring is) something I've been doing my whole career and it can't change here. It's helped to be (in Binghamton) to get my confidence back. I know what I have to do at this level and I'm going to do my best."

ALFIE WON'T MOVE

While Bochenski played with Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza in the pre-season and early in the year, coach Bryan Murray won't remove winger Daniel Alfredsson off that line because it's the best in the NHL.

How long will Bochenski stay? That will depend on his production and the injury to Havlat.

Havlat's dislocated right shoulder doesn't appear to be a serious enough injury to require surgery, which would have taken him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks.

"It's still pretty sore (yesterday)," said Havlat from Ottawa. "It's going to take a little time for the swelling to go down."

SECOND CHANCE

Ottawa GM John Muckler and coach Bryan Murray wanted to give Bochenski a second chance because he has five goals and 12 assists in 14 games with the Baby Sens.

"Bochenski is going to get a chance to show us that he can play consistently at this level," said Murray. "He got a good chance to go down there, work on some things and get his confidence back. We'll see how he is able to perform at this level."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com 


Videos

Photos