McElhinney: 'I feel good'

Ottawa Senators' goalie, Curtis McElhinney, makes a glove save against the New Jersey Devils during...

Ottawa Senators' goalie, Curtis McElhinney, makes a glove save against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of NHL action at Scotiabank Place Thursday, March 17, 2011. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

Curtis McElhinney was great on Thursday night. Craig Anderson missed the Senators' practice again on Friday.

That could make the goaltending decision for Ottawa's game on Saturday against Tampa pretty simple for coach Cory Clouston. That, of course, is more than fine with McElhinney.

"It was a nice game last night and it's obviously a good continuation from the Tampa win (a week earlier), and to stop the slide we had the last couple of games feels good as well," said McElhinney, who made 33 saves Thursday in a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils to improve his record as a Senator to 2-0.

"I've come into this situation where things feel pretty good, obviously, and getting off to a good start certainly helps that. I feel good about the environment right now. It's an enjoyable place to be playing."

The Senators will be trying to win their second game in a row when the Bolts visit Scotiabank Place Saturday.

McElhinney has given up four goals on 85 shots over three games, including a spot in relief of Anderson last Sunday against the Sabres. Like Anderson, he is without a contract for next season.

Defenceman Filip Kuba was the other notable absence from practice Friday, but coach Cory Clouston said he should be able to play against Tampa.


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