COLUMBUS — Jessica Shannon felt the Senators’ pain Wednesday.
The wife of winger Ryan Shannon — who was in a lower-bowl seat at a sold-out Scotiabank Place watching a 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes — went home with a special souvenir from the “four or five” posts the Senators hit.
Against all odds, the gift was from her husband.
“When I hit the crossbar, the puck went over the netting and landed on my wife’s lap,” Shannon said Thursday of the third-period scoring chance. “She’s got a bruise on her left thigh. She was pissed off. She’s like, ‘I’ve got a bone to pick with you.’
“Out of 20,000 people, it hit my wife.”
Shannon was quick with a quip when asked if he was aiming at his bride.
“There was a Toronto Maple Leaf fan sitting next to her,” he said. “But I missed by a couple of inches.”
There’s a Part II to the story.
Earlier in the season, during a game in Philadelphia, Shannon took a shot that went in the crowd and hit a little girl right over the eye. Her name was Isabelle.
“My wife was reading an article earlier in the day (Wednesday), about an anorexic model from Italy,” said Shannon. “Isabelle something. I forget her last name. So she was thinking about Isabelle before she went to the game.”