Volchenkov nose pain after breaking beak vs. Leafs

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

The A-Train should be able to head for The Big Apple today.

Senators GM John Muckler said he expects defenceman Anton Volchenkov will be able to travel today and play tomorrow night against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Volchenkov suffered a broken nose three shifts into Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

It was announced in the first period Volchenkov had sustained an elbow to "the head/nose" and could return to the game, but he did not. He apparently had difficulty breathing and, understandably, a headache.

The Senators were off yesterday, so no update on his condition was available. It will be updated today.

It's believed Volchenkov was to have his nose straightened out yesterday to resolve the breathing issue and Muckler was optimistic Volchenkov would be able to play tomorrow night.

"I suspect so. They'll give him a (face) mask or something," said Muckler after Saturday's game. "(Losing Volchenkov), that really hurt us. He's our second-best guy and he gets a ton of ice time."

Volchenkov was injured on his third shift of the game when he was hit by Toronto's Alexei Ponikarovksy as the Leafs forward drove by the Ottawa net.

Paired with Chris Phillips, Volchenkov has been part of the Senators' shutdown duo. When Volchenkov went out of the game, Senators coach Bryan Murray dropped Christoph Schubert, who had started the game as a winger on the fourth line, back into Volchenkov's spot.

Schubert played fine, but was a little unlucky. He was in the penalty box after his stick got tangled up with Leaf Carlo Colaiacovo along the boards and got a holding penalty, giving the Leafs a 5-on-3 during which Toronto's Darcy Tucker scored to get the Leafs on the board in the second, making it 2-1.

It was Schubert who stepped up in the neutral zone to hit Ponikarovsky on the play that resulted in the Leafs tying the game with four minutes left in the third period.

The puck was caught under them, the Leafs got to it first and every other Senator on the ice seemed to get caught flat-footed.


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