Sens fever's in his bones

ROB BRODIE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Look closely enough, and you just might see Mr. Bones sporting a big grin these days.

The kind of smile only a run toward the Stanley Cup can bring.

Perhaps you've seen Mr. Bones, a skeleton that's perched on the roof of the Carling Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic near the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre.

Around Christmas time, the staff dress him up like Santa Claus. He gets his Irish on when St. Patrick's day rolls around.

'DIE-HARD' SUPPORTERS

But it's playoff time now, which means Mr. Bones is getting pretty comfortable in his black Senators jersey.

"We're all die-hard Sens fans here," said Dr. Bryan Watson. "We're kind of a light-hearted clinic, and we like to make the atmosphere fun."

But Watson wasn't going near Mr. Bones the past two weeks to straighten him out, after a gust of wind had him pointed to the east.

"We were afraid to move him in case we hexed anything," he said. "So we didn't touch him until that last series (against the New Jersey Devils) was over."

The skeleton has become a bit of a landmark in the west end of the city. He's also part of the clinic's family, so to speak. The skeleton has been stolen twice, and Watson said the clinic has the third reincarnation ("Mr. Bones III") attached to its security system.

Watson hopes to add an accessory to Mr. Bones' attire before the season is over -- his own Stanley Cup. "We'll have it raised over his head (if the Senators win)," Watson said. "Even if we get to the Stanley Cup (final), I might pre-emptively put one there."

The Senators play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in Buffalo tonight.


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