Sens' Cowen keeps his head down
DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency
If Jared Cowen made further inroads toward landing an NHL job Saturday night, he doesn't want to know about it.
The 20-year-old defenceman was solid again in Ottawa's 3-2 pre-season win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
His standout play was breaking up a Habs rush and carrying the puck into the offensive zone on what turned into the Senators' first goal in the comeback.
"I think (Saturday) was my most complete game ... I think I just felt way more comfortable with the team, and how I was playing," Cowen, who scored twice in Ottawa's pre-season opener against Toronto, said afterward.
Asked if he had any feeling about where management might have him start the season, Cowen shook his head and smiled.
"I don't know squat, really," he said. "I wish I knew, but maybe it's better not to know, keep your head down, just keep working."
The Kraft Hockeyville game at Mile One Stadium in St. John's on Monday (CBC, 4 p.m.) between the Senators and Jets will be a big one for Ottawa W Colin Greening, as it's in his home town, as well as legendary broadcaster Bob Cole, another St. John's native who will be calling the action from the Bob Cole Press Box. But others are pumped, too. While those Senators not participating had Sunday off, Paul MacLean didn't mind reporting for work at all. "Some of us have to fly to beautiful St. John's, Newfoundland, to play Monday, but I'm looking forward to it," said the Senators coach. "I think it's going to be a great event for the Senators and I'm looking forward to being a part of it." ... Along with scoring the game's final two goals, W Chris Neil was at his belligerent best in Saturday's win. He invited Travis Moen to fight in the second period, to give his team a "spark," but the Habs winger was at the end of a shift and declined. Neil led all players with six hits.