Butler steps in for Senators

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

NEW YORK — Bobby Butler looked a little out of place in his 20010-11 NHL debut with the Senators.

Oh, it’s not that he played poorly ... he just often wound up on the right wing when he was supposed to be playing left.

Butler, who was tied for the AHL scoring lead with 15 goals when he was summoned from Binghamton Sunday, skated on the Senators’ first line, with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson.

A right-handed shot, he spoke before the game of how he liked playing on his “off wing.”

“I like that,” he said. “It doesn’t matter (which side), but it gives me a better shooting angle, kind of.”

Butler didn’t have any shots and was a minus-1 in 14:25 of ice time. It was his third game in three days.

“He played well, but I thought as the game went on, he faded a little bit,” said coach Cory Clouston. “I thought a little fatigue set in there, so we used Nick Foligno for the last couple of shifts on that line, but overall I thought he played a solid game.”

To make room for Butler, Clouston made Peter Regin a healthy scratch. Regin has just one goal this season.

“You could probably name three, four guys,” said Clouston. “Peter has struggled right from camp, as far as offensively. We’re not trying to make drastic changes. We’re trying to keep some consistency in the lineup, but also inject a young guy who can hopefully help us score some goals.”


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