Sens' Neil a shootout hero?

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

As much trouble as the Senators have had scoring goals his season, at least they sometimes get one or two in a game.

That’s more than can be said for their shootouts.

To date, the Senators have been involved in three shootouts, and they’ve not won any of them. What’s worse, they haven’t scored a goal in eight shootout attempts.

No other team has been completely shutout in the shootout.

Daniel Alfredsson is 0-for-3 and Alex Kovalev is 0-for-2, while Mike Fisher, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson are 0-for-1.

Maybe it’s time for coach Cory Clouston to turn to Chris Neil.

In Wednesday’s practice, Neil scored a shootout goal that had his teammates cheering and laughing and generally impressed with his slickness.

He dropped the puck into his skates, kicked it up to his stick, pulled it to the backhand and flipped a shot just under the crossbar past former minor-league goalie Matthew Spezza. 

To celebrate, the team’s all-time penalty-minute king rode his stick a la Tiger Williams, delivered high-fives to everyone on the bench, then capped it all off with a classic fist-pump.

“It either works or it doesn’t,” Neil said later of the move. “You have to try stuff. There’s a 50-50 chance.”

Neil beat Marty Turco similarly in an exhibition game during the lockout six years ago.

“It’s the only shootout I’ve ever done, other than practice,” Neil said with a grin.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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