Sens trio returns; 'cruel' blow puts Michalek on shelf

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

Just when three veterans are hopping off the injury shelf, another key Senator is climbing onto it.

The team does not know exactly how long it will be without first-line winger Milan Michalek, but the guess is he’ll be gone for a while after suffering a foot injury when hit by a shot Saturday.

Michalek, who leads the team with 16 goals, had been gelling with linemates Jason Spezza and Bobby Butler. “Sometimes hockey is a cruel game,” Spezza said, referring to the injuries. “(Michalek) was playing real good ... We were starting to really play well together, finding each other out there. It’s unfortunate as soon as the puck starts going in for us, he gets hurt.”

Back for Tuesday’s tilt with the streaking Boston Bruins will be Sergei Gonchar, Chris Neil and Jesse Winchester.

Coach Cory Clouston said there will be a decision made on the status of Matt Carkner (lower body) in the morning, when there should also be some news on the condition of Peter Regin’s injured left shoulder. 

“Getting those three guys back will definitely help,” said Clouston. “It’s still a matter of going out there and executing. Playing our game. Doesn’t matter if they’re a first year player or a 10 year vet. They’ve still got to play the way we played the last 40 minutes (Saturday).”


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