Sens not tipping hand on Anderson's return

Senators goalies Alex Auld (left) and Ben Bishop chat during practice at the Bell Sensplex on...

Senators goalies Alex Auld (left) and Ben Bishop chat during practice at the Bell Sensplex on Wednesday. (Tony Caldwell, QMI Agency)

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Craig Anderson took part Wednesday in his third full practice since suffering a hand injury on Feb. 22, but there’s still no firm timetable for his return. “He’s practising and participating,” said coach Paul MacLean. “When he comes and says he’s ready to play, we’ll address it then, but until that happens, he’s only had three practices and he’s missed four weeks, so we’ll see where it goes. If he feels he’s ready to go, we’ll decide whether that’s the right time or the right thing to do.”

Winchester almost back

C Jesse Winchester is inching closer to making his return to active duty since suffering a concussion Dec. 20. “He passed his concussion protocol test, so that opens the door for him to participate when he feels ready,” said MacLean. “He’s missed a lot of time, but he has been practising. He’s had three or four day of consistent practising, and those are good steps for him. I don’t think he’ll be available this weekend, but we’ll see where it goes. It’ll be good to have him available.”

Turris grinds it out

C Kyle Turris is seeing firsthand the tighter checking opposing teams are employing as the playoffs draw closer. “(Tuesday) it seemed like everybody just collapsed. (In one sequence Daniel Alfredsson) gave me a nice pass and (New Jersey G Johan) Hedberg was down, and all of a sudden there were four (Devils) within five feet of the crease, then it hit a stick and bounced out. We just have to find ways through it.”

Bishop hopes to ring Bell

G Ben Bishop is expected to start in net Friday in Montreal, but he won’t let a loud, boisterous crowd get to him in his second career appearance at the Bell Centre. “I don’t really let the crowd bother me that much. Once you get on the ice and start playing, you don’t really think about where you are, and to tell you the truth, when (the Canadiens) played here it was a bit louder. I’m sure it’ll be real loud on Friday night,” said Bishop. He was coy when asked about the penalty he was assessed for touching the puck in the “forbidden zone” Tuesday. “That call, I don’t know if it was a penalty or not, but you’ve got to take the good with the bad,” he said. Bishop said he watched the replay with his teammates, and, like the 19,000 or so armchair referees in the stands, never saw his stick touch the puck. 


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