Senator feels 'pretty good'

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

Dean McAmmond went for a bike ride this morning.

Then, the injured Senators centre went for a light 35-minute skate. Will he play tonight in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final?

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said he wouldn't be shocked to see McAmmond make a miracle recovery from the concussion he suffered after taking an elbow to the head in Game 3 from Chris Pronger.

"Nothing would surprise me, it's playoffs. People make huge strides in their recovery after suspensions. It's amazing," said Carlyle, who is still smarting after Pronger was suspended by NHL VP Colin Campbell for the hit. Pronger will miss tonight's Game 4 at Scotiabank Place (8 p.m., CBC).

But that won't be decided until McAmmond and coach Bryan Murray have had a chance to consult with the club's doctors. McAmmond said he's doing a lot better than he thought he would.

"I actually feel pretty good. I'm just going to continue on with my day and see how I feel. I'd like to be in the lineup and there's a chance, but if you rush yourself it could happen again. I'm looking at it like I'm going to be back in tonight," said McAmmond.

"If I feel confident I can compete at 100%, then I'll go. But, I don't want to be out there and not feeling confident enough to help this team win."

Ottawa coach Bryan Murray won't take any chances if there's a risk of further injury.

"We have to talk to the doctors before we let him play, but he's trying," said Murray. "We'd like to let him play, but talking to him he's certainly not 100% at this moment.

Murray said it's likely to be a game-time decision, and could even be delayed until after the pre-game skate.

"We'll wait. We'll talk to the trainers after. I want Dr. (Don) Chow and whoever works with him in that area to give me the green light. I don't want to put the player in if there's any chance of taking a risk."

If McAmmond can't play tonight, it's expected Patrick Eaves would step into the lineup in his place. Eaves himself lost his roster spot, to Oleg Sparykin, after being injured early in the playoffs.

The Ducks won't have Pronger, but McAmmond said whether he plays or not, he's not worried about speculation that he could be faking or exaggerating the degree of the injury.

"People can think that if they want. It's up to them really," said McAmmond. "I guess it depends on the person and how they react to the incident. You should look at the hit and judge it by the flagrancy there. It doesn't matter if the guy is up the next minute or out the whole year."

The Ducks lead the best-of-seven 2-1 in games. Game 5 will be back in Anaheim on Wednesday.


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