Ottawa Senators scratches feeling fortunate after making late decision not to go to Boston Marathon finish line

Senators defenceman Jared Cowen and a group of teammates nearly went to watch the Boston Marathon...

Senators defenceman Jared Cowen and a group of teammates nearly went to watch the Boston Marathon at the finish line after practice Monday. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

OTTAWA - As close as the Senators were to Monday's bombings in Boston, three or four of them would have been right at the scene if not for a "twist of fate."

After the morning skate at TD Garden, the four scratches for that night's game talked about making the five-minute walk from the team hotel to watch the finish of the Boston Marathon.

"We probably would have been in that exact same spot, within a block or so," defenceman Jared Cowen said Tuesday. "It could have been us down there. We're lucky we didn't go. We don't know why we didn't go. We just stayed in the hotel.

"It could have been a different day today."

Also contemplating the stroll to the finish line were defenceman Mike Lundin and forwards Jim O'Brien and Guillaume Latendresse, the latter given the night off as coach Paul MacLean was going to re-insert tough guy Matt Kassian against the big, bad Bruins.

As a rare scratch, Latendresse stayed at the rink late with the other three for a "bag" skate and a different meal time.

"Basically, we were just tired," said O'Brien. "We got done with practice, then when we went to lunch, we were all kind of talking about it. We thought it would be kind of cool to go see the finish line. It was Cowie and Lundy that kind of said, 'I don't really want to go.' I was kind of all for it. They were saying, 'I'm tired,' and I thought, I could probably use a nap, too.

"Sure enough I wake up from a nap and have a bunch of text messages. I turn on the TV ... it was just a twist of fate. It's definitely something that's hard to think about it.

"Thank goodness we didn't go."


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