Sens forward Turris sitting pretty on the point

Senators' Kyle Turris checks Dallas Stars Alex Goligoski at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa,...

Senators' Kyle Turris checks Dallas Stars Alex Goligoski at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

Don Brennan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 PM ET

Senators centre Kyle Turris has plenty of experience playing the point on the power play.

When he first broke into the NHL as an 18-year-old, Phoenix had him on the point across from Peter Mueller, then a 19-year-old Coyotes centre.

"That was pretty fun," Turris said Sunday.

He also played the point on the power play at the University of Wisconsin, and before that with the Burnaby Express of the BCHL. In junior, his fellow point man was Patrick Wiercioch.

Now, the Senators are using him instead of Wiercioch on the first unit, alongside Erik Karlsson, and the idea is starting to pay off.

During one second period power play against the Stars they had exceptional pressure, thanks in part to Turris knocking a clearing attempt out of mid-air and keeping the puck in the zone. During another, a Turris slapshot from the point went wide, but the rebound off the end boards found Jason Spezza, who scored into an empty side to tie the game.

"I'm not complaining about it," Turris said with a grin of being off the mark with that one.

"My role is not to be the seam pass guy on that power play "¦ Spezz has been one of the best players in the league the last 10 years doing that. When it comes to me I'm looking to try and make a play at the net. Not rush things, but definitely trying to get things through.

"With Spezz and Karl at the top, it makes (playing the point) really easy," added Turris, who wound up with two assists in the 4-3 shootout loss. "But at the same time you see plays develop and you can get pucks through. I'm getting more and more comfortable there, and I really like it."

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