Josh doin' the Bingo Shuffle

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

You would figure the Bingo Shuffle performed by Josh Hennessy these days is actually a paper shuffle being done by the Senators as they -- like all NHL teams in this era of the salary cap -- have to pay close attention to how they spend their moolah.

But no, the 21-year-old centre was insisting after yesterday's morning skate, he really is making the four (or so) hour drive back and forth to Binghamton, most recently as the insurance policy on Antoine Vermette's injured hip.

And he's doing it in class -- with his feet up in the back of a limousine.

"I think I've had a different driver every time," said Hennessy, who was "sent down" to the Baby Sens after scoring his first NHL goal Sunday afternoon, then recalled (the fourth time this season) for last night's game against the Bruins when it was deemed Vermette wouldn't play.

"I've got the PSP, the iPod, the DVD player to keep me entertained. I'm sleeping a little, reading (Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar) a little. It's the same as the AHL, just a little more in style."

The main problem with all the travellin' is that Hennessy isn't able to get in any practisin.' "Not practising and just playing games is a little tough," he said. "But I'm just happy to be here. I'll do this as long as they need me to. I don't mind at all."

Guess not. Sure it's nice to be an NHLer, but can you also imagine how many limo-miles Hennessy has collected so far?

STARTS AND STOPS: We see a lot of player-against-goalie, 1-on-1s with all the shootouts these days, but how many times have you seen a penalty shot move like the one Marco Sturm made in the first period? Awarded the opportunity after being dumped by Andrej Meszaros, the Bruins winger stormed in on Ray Emery, then slammed on the brakes before flipping a soft shot past the goalie -- low and on the stick side. Looked so simple ... Exactly how did the same Bruins team that gives the Senators so much trouble get blown away 10-2 by the Maple Leafs in Boston last week? "I don't know how to explain it," said winger Shean Donovan, the pride and joy of Carleton Place. "It's kinda like everyone went on their own program, and when you go on your own program, you're not going to have too much success." B's fans watching on TV that night were changing programs, for sure.

BETWEEN PERIODS: Nice move by the Senators with the 'Welcome Back Phil Kessel' message on the videoboard in the first period, although it might have been better if they had waited until the Bruins teenager -- playing in his first game since surgery for testicular cancer -- was on the bench rather than lining up for a faceoff so he could actually see it ... A minute or so later Joe Corvo had his own welcome back for Kessel, nailing the kid as he crossed the blue line with what was probably Corvo's biggest hit since he's been a Senator. ... "Hey Josh, thanks for vacuuming the basement this morning," assistant coach Randy Lee said straightfaced as Hennessy was convincing reporters he had spent the night in his Binghamton apartment. "No problem," replied Hennessy, continuing the gag without missing a beat. "Randy made me breakfast this morning."

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: Ottawa's best player in the first period was Anton Volchenkov. The A-Train blocked two shots -- the second a hard blast by Kessel -- and either could have found their way to the back of the net. Especially the way things were going for Emery ... Corvo nearly had a hat trick on one shift in the second period. Yup, he would have had three turnovers if not for a shin pad getting in the way of one ... Mike Comrie hasn't done a whole lot offensively since his debut with the Senators, but the little man was throwing his weight around pretty good last night. In one period, Comrie registered more hits than Tyler Arnason had in his entire time here.

BOTTOM SHELF: CJOH sportscaster Terry Marcotte believed he was a $16 million-aire when he found what he believed to be a lottery ticket lying around his house the other morning. Terry discovered that in his hands was actually a reprint made by his daughter of the winning numbers. "For five minutes I thought I was Jed Clampett," Marcotte was telling his peers. Without missing a beat, cameraman Dan Waters chirped: "In fact, you were more like Jethro" ... Reporter David Bastl is leaving The Score in two weeks to take a job with Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto. Bastl was filling in for Patricia Boal, who is still on maternity leave.


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