Senators tough guy goes too far

Francis Lessard's hit on Nikita Filatov came under fire at Tuesday's Senators practice. (DARREN...

Francis Lessard's hit on Nikita Filatov came under fire at Tuesday's Senators practice. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)


, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

OTTAWA - Francis Lessard was summoned to coach Paul MacLeanís office Tuesday.

The Senatorsí tough guy got himself in hot water after taking a blindside run at Nikita Filatov during a scrimmage between Team Boschman and Team Kyte at the Bell Sensplex that resulted in the Russian winger leaving the ice briefly.

Defenceman Matt Carkner immediately jumped in to talk to Lessard, 31. MacLean also couldnít let it go without mentioning it.

While Filatov returned in the second half of the scrimmage, the Senators donít want anybody getting hurt during camp. Asked if heíd sit Lessard down for a meeting to discuss the matter, MacLean said: ďThereíll have to be another one.Ē

MacLean said he understood why Lessard made the hit.

ďTo be fair to Francis, heís here to show the coach what he can do for the team,Ē said MacLean. ďI think Matt Carkner just as well as I, or anybody else, could have addressed it.

ďBut weíll have a talk with him again and make sure he realizes we all have the same crest on the front of the jersey and when we the play the other team with a different crest, that might be the opportunity to do that.Ē


Nick Foligno is refreshed and ready. After finishing with 14 goals and 20 assists and a minus-19 last season, Foligno, 23, is hoping to return to being a consistent contributor. ďItís a new direction. Itís exciting for a lot of guys, myself included,Ē said Foligno, who also got married to Janelle Forest. ďI got more time to train, more time to focus on myself and I really felt like I put a lot of great work in this summer.Ē Foligno said he expects a lot of himself. ďI have a chance to be an impact player on this team,Ē he said. ďI want that. I love it here and I definitely want to make a statement this year. In saying that, Iíve got to make sure Iím not putting too much pressure on myself. Iíve got to allow myself to play my game and I felt like I was starting to come into that before the end of the year.Ē


LW Colin Greening hasnít campaigned to get a chance to suit up against Winnipeg during Mondayís Kraft Hockeyville game in St. Johnís. But he sure hopes he gets the chance to play in his hometown. ďI havenít asked,Ē said Greening. ďWhen Iím asked if Iím playing, I say I hope I am. A lot of people have suggested that I might. I would love to play in that game. Iíve got a lot of family. Itís home and it would mean a lot to me. If I get to play in the game, thatís great, if not, thatís the way it goes.Ē


Mark Stone, who signed a three-year entry level deal Monday and received a $260,000 signing bonus, tweeted the fact he was headed back to Brandon before it was announced. Stone and Jordan Fransoo will play for former Senators coach Cory Clouston this season ... LW Milan Michalek was on the ice for Tuesday scrimmage. He got hit by a shot late in the game in Toronto, but the x-rays revealed he was fine.