A-Train heads back into fray

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Only one Senator can be accused of having a big head today.

Defenceman Anton Volchenkov is in need of a new helmet because the one he wore in Game 1 doesn't currently fit, thanks to the huge lump over his left eye and 15-stitch gash he received after being hit by an Evgeni Malkin shot in the second period.

"I'll probably play (tonight)," said Volchenkov, who missed yesterday's practice at Mellon Arena. "We'll see if I can get a bigger size (helmet.)"

Surprisingly, Volchenkov did not suffer a concussion.

Asked if he has can now testify to Malkin having a hard shot, Volchenkov smiled.

"It's a pretty hard shot," he said. "But every time you get hit in the head, it's probably a pretty hard shot."

Veteran Luke Richardson will be inserted into the lineup if Volchenkov cannot play.

Losing the solid Russian shot blocker would be another major blow to the hard luck Senators, who are currently without Daniel Alfredsson (knee), Mike Fisher (knee) and Chris Kelly (foot).

It's believed Alfredsson and Fisher both have torn MCL ligaments. Kelly was expected to be the first back, but he's not even practising yet.


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