Concussion derails A-Train

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

If the Senators have to go too long without defenceman Anton Volchenkov, the club's goalies are going to find out what it's like to really work.

Volchenkov, fourth in the NHL in blocked shots, was still in a bit of a fog yesterday, as is his status for the next few days, after suffering what Senators coach Bryan Murray is calling a "slight concussion" in Tuesday night's 5-2 win over the Penguins.

It remains up the air when he'll be able to play again, though the betting is sooner rather than later.

CHIPPY GAME

"He was foggy for a few hours, but he was feeling better than he did early in the morning," said Murray of Volchenkov, who was hurt when he was slammed into the glass by Penguins forward Eric Boguniecki, triggering a chippy game for the rest of the night.

It's expected Volchenkov will try riding the stationary bike today and if he doesn't suffer any side effects, he will be on the path to returning and will be day-to-day, said Murray.

Volchenkov leads the Senators with 156 blocked shots. Defenceman Jay McKee of the Buffalo Sabres leads the NHL with 191.

"He should get some of the goalies' salary," joked Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson yesterday.

When Volchenkov had to leave the game in the first period Tuesday night, his spot on the blue line was taken by Christoph Schubert, who dropped back from wing.

The injury news was also good in the case of centre Jason Spezza, who said he will be ready to play tomorrow night when the Senators face the Sabres in Buffalo.

Spezza missed Tuesday's game with a sore hip and though he still had a bit of a limp yesterday, Spezza said: "I'll be good," when asked if he would play tomorrow night.

There was also encouraging news in the case of centre Mike Fisher, who has missed the last three games with a sprained ankle.

The swelling went down enough for him to try putting on his skate yesterday, but it was still too painful to try it out, he said.

"It's feeling a little better every day, so that's positive," said Fisher, who ruled himself out for the games this weekend. "We'll see if taping it differently helps."

The Senators had an optional workout yesterday with nine players taking part.

HASEK SKATES WITH LEE

Goaltender Dominik Hasek skated again with strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee, though there is still no announced timetable for him to work out in full equipment.

Winger Martin Havlat, continuing his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery, also skated.

Despite the rash of injuries lately, the Senators have won 10 out of 12 games since the Olympic break and hit the 100-point mark for the third straight season and the fifth time in seven years.


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