Blood flows at Senators practice

Senators centre Jesse Winchester had to go get stitches after getting a puck in the mouth while...

Senators centre Jesse Winchester had to go get stitches after getting a puck in the mouth while defenceman Matt Carkner needed stitches after getting cut by Erik Karlsson’s skate. (QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

As if things aren’t tough enough for the Senators, a couple of players had to make a stop at the hospital before heading to CHEO Tuesday afternoon.

Senators centre Jesse Winchester had to go get stitches after getting a puck in the mouth while defenceman Matt Carkner needed stitches after getting cut by Erik Karlsson’s skate.

Both should be fine to play against the Minnesota Wild Thursday as the Senators start a two-game road trip. On another drill, Sergei Gonchar pulled up, but finished the workout without incident.

The Senators know they have to get going because time is in running short if they’re going to get into the playoff race. Coach Cory Clouston is trying to keep the message positive.

“We’re disappointed, but we had a really good practice and we’re upbeat. We’re happy with how we played the last couple of games. It’s definitely something to build on,” said Clouston. “You have to be able to build on something. Otherwise, why don’t you just throw in the towel. We’re not ready do that. We played well.”

Asked about the winning goal by the Thrashers,which happened after a Jason Spezza turnover, Clouston said: “A turnover, defenceman gambled (Filip Kuba) and the goalie was too deep in the net. Three things led to a goal against.”


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