Another Foligno eyes big jump

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

The Folignos had a family reunion at the Civic Centre.

The magnet drawing them was Marcus and Mike, the son-father, player-coach clan tandem with the Sudbury Wolves.

Marcus Foligno, a 6-foot-2, 200-lb. winger, was projected as a second-round NHL pick in Central Scouting's mid-season report. His skating, scouts say, will probably prevent him from being a first-rounder.

Against the 67's yesterday, Foligno's biggest impact was a collision with Ottawa goalie Adam Courchaine that nearly incited a riot.

"He's a different player than I am," said older brother Nick, who scored two goals against the Sabres Saturday. "He's a big boy and he's a lot more physical, he fights a little bit more. He's more of a power-forward type in the sense that he can run over guys, whereas I try and maybe go around them.

"He's definitely exciting to watch. It's fun watching his career go. I think I'm more nervous when he plays than when I play."

Marcus, who has 11 goals, 18 assists and 94 PIMs in 62 games for the Wolves, honed his aggressiveness on Nick.

"Ask our parents. We had some battles growing up, especially in mini-sticks," said Nick. "Anything we did, we were always really competitive. I think it's what made us appreciate each other and respect each other so much. Hopefully, I pushed him hard enough that he's going to make it as well."

Nick would relish having Marcus as a teammate.

"It would be awesome. I'd love it," he said. "He's got a lot of work to do. But he's a kid that's going to work hard and try to attain those goals. He's got all the skills."

Getting Lee-way

The Senators have recalled Brian Lee after losing a second defenceman for what could be an extended period. While Alexandre Picard is possibly done for the season with torn knee ligaments, tests today should determine how long Jason Smith will be out after suffering a "lower body" injury Saturday. "(Is Smith out) long-term? Possibly," said coach Cory Clouston. "The last couple of games we've been told (Lee) has played very well. He has played physical, got in a fight. That's not why he is coming up, but it shows that he is down there trying to improve."

Get shorty

The Senators' penalty killing isn't what it used to be. After surviving just 2-of-5 short-handed situations Saturday, they dropped to 17th in the league. They were fifth as recently as Feb. 19. "Any good penalty killing, 99.9% of the time, your goalie is your best penalty killer," said Clouston. "Brian (Elliott) could have done more. But we could also be doing more in front of him. Could be stronger on the faceoff. A lot better on the entry when they rimmed it." Then there's the fact the Senators traded a couple of their penalty killers. "Dean McAmmond killed, (Antoine) Vermette killed," said Clouston.

Fun and games

One day before a Battle of Ontario in March, there were 2,000 tickets available. That just sounds wrong ... Confirmed were rumours that Daniel Alfredsson is still the Senators' best ping-pong player. "There's a couple of challengers, though," said Jason Spezza. "Ryan Shannon is pretty good. Brian Elliott is pretty good. There are some good players." Oh yeah? "Kubs," Spezza added, referring to Filip Kuba, "is actually ... not one of them." ... Bad news travels fast. Upon being grilled about Martin Gerber last week, Leafs coach Ron Wilson finally told reporters: "We're talking about Marty like he stunk for 10 years. His save percentage is better than our (three) goalies combined. This is a chance for him to extend his career." Gerber was reportedly thinking of playing in his native Switzerland next season. "As time goes on, you begin to have doubts," he said in an interview with Toronto media. "(But) it's a great group of guys and no one gives up anything here."


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