Cheechoo gets the nod

Jonathan Cheechoo will play with the Sens tonight in Game 4. (QMI Agency/Errol McGihon)

Jonathan Cheechoo will play with the Sens tonight in Game 4. (QMI Agency/Errol McGihon)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET

The Cheechoo Train is ready to roll.

The Senators will make the desperate move of putting winger Jonathan Cheechoo in the lineup Tuesday night in place of Ryan Shannon at Scotiabank Place as they try to tie up their first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t on the ice, but coach Cory Clouston confirmed he’ll play.

“I’m sure he’s feeling pretty good,” said Clouston.

Cheechoo, who hasn’t suited up for an NHL game since Feb. 11th and spent the last two months with the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton, was on the fourth line at the morning skate with Jesse Winchester and Zack Smith.

“I just hope he can bring some energy, strong play at the net and, if need be, chip in offensively,” said Clouston. “(Cheechoo) brings a little bit more speed. Jonathan had a real good playoffs last year. He’s got a history of scoring some goals. That’s right now what we need feel more of. Right now, one shot can change a game and we feel he’s one of those types of players.”

Cheechoo is, understandably, excited about getting a chance to return to the lineup.

"I look at it as a chance to help this team out," said Cheechoo. "I'm going to come in there and work my hardest. Hopefully, I'm able to bring a positive result."

Cheechoo struggled for most of the season in Ottawa before being demoted to Binghamton. He had five goals and nine assists in 61 NHL games this season.


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