December 13, 2011
Butler out, Konopka in against Sabres
By DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency
BUFFALO - Bobby Butler has found his way back to the pressbox.
With no points and just three shots on goal in the five games since he was last a healthy scratch, the Senators winger was kept on the ice after his teammates finished their morning skate Tuesday at First Niagara Center.
Zenon Konopka returns to the lineup to take Butler’s spot against the Sabres.
“Zenon has played well for us on that fourth line,” said coach Paul MacLean, who wants to use Konopka’s faceoff skills to get puck possession. “We tried to have Bobby stay around and shoot some pucks today, to see if he can shoot some in the net.”
Butler, who scored 45 goals in 106 games for the organization last season, has just two goals in 21 games thus far in 2011-12. He scored both in the same period.
“I’ve just got to get my confidence back,” said Butler.
The Senators will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday. Craig Anderson will also be attempting to redeem himself after getting pulled in the third minute of the team’s last visit to Buffalo.
“For us, we’ve got to focus on what we can control,” said Anderson. “We can’t focus on what the other team is doing, or what the refs are doing.
“You’ve got to look in the mirror and make sure you’re doing everything you possibly can.
“If you’re doing everything you possibly can, and the guy next to you is doing everything he possibly can, more times than not you’ll get a positive result.”