Cheechoo to play in Game 4?

DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 PM ET

Jonathan Cheechoo is itching for a chance to salvage his season.

He’s also anxious for the opportunity to give the Senators something they didn’t get much of from him before his February demotion to Binghamton: Consistency and offence.

“I’ve played in the playoffs before, I’ve made it to the conference final,” Cheechoo said after Monday’s practice with the Senators. “I think I can bring a little bit of grit and a little bit of scoring.”

With only three goals in losing the last two games of their best-of-seven with the Penguins, coach Cory Clouston confirmed the Senators are considering “one or two” lineup changes for Tuesday’s Game 4. He said Cheechoo and/or Shean Donovan are the players he’s thinking about adding.

Ryan Shannon would be the likely candidate to come out of the lineup.

Between them, Cheechoo and Donovan have 105 games of playoff experience. While Donovan has been with the team all season, Cheechoo returned after clearing re-entry waivers last week.

He had 14 points (eight goals) in 25 games with the Baby Senators after scoring 14 points (five goals) in 61 games for Ottawa.

“I thought I played real well down there,” said Cheechoo. “I feel good about my game. I feel confident. If I get a chance, hopefully I can show them something.”

Asked if he harboured any bitter feelings about being sent down, he added: “It is what it is. I was still playing hockey down there. We had a great group of guys down there and we made a push for the playoffs. It was fun to be a part of that.”

Cheechoo, who still has another year on his contract that pays him a $3-million salary, considers himself a “playoff performer.”

“I play hard,” he said. “I know I have to raise my game to play in the playoffs, I think everybody knows that. I had some pretty good experiences. I played with some good players, some playoff players early on in my career who taught me how to play there. I like to play in that situation. It’s fun to play in that pressure situation. You’ve got to love it. You’ve got to relish it.

“I’d definitely like to get a chance to show them I can still play, that I can be a contributor here.”


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