Carkner's ready to move on from goal

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

OTTAWA — Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Ray Bourque, Mark Messier ... Matt Carkner?

Well, not quite. Apparently, it’s an exuberant Senators fan who is responsible for creating a version of the NHL’s “History Will Be Made” commercials promoting the Stanley Cup playoffs. (You know, the TV spots showing a legend of the game in a historic highlight from past playoffs, then reversing the black-and-white footage in slow motion and scrawling a message on the screen?)

Available on YouTube now is his handiwork, featuring a replay of Carkner’s triple-OT winner Thursday night, followed by the sentiment: What if Matt Carkner had given up on making the NHL?

The Winchester-born defenceman, who spent eight years in the minors before finally cracking the Senators lineup last fall, doesn’t appear to be letting the glory of scoring the team’s biggest goal this season go to his head.

“I was embracing (the moment) there (Thursday) night, I really had a great time with it,” said Carkner. “But now it’s time to move on. We’ve got to get ready for (Saturday) night.”

Part of the preparation, no doubt, included bags of ice.

Incredibly, the Senators blocked 46 shots in the victory that brings the best-of-seven series back to Ottawa for a Game 6.

The Penguins, who by comparison were credited with 17 blocked shots, also put 59 pucks on the Ottawa net and were charged with sending 20 more wide. That means Sidney Crosby and friends pulled the trigger a total of 125 times, only to score three goals.

Leading the blocking brigade, of course, was blueliner Anton Volchenkov, who this season became the first NHL non-goalie to register 1,000 stopped shots in a career.

Volchenkov had 11 blocks Thursday, while also getting in on the act were: Erik Karlsson with five, Andy Sutton, Daniel Alfredsson and Jarkko Ruutu with four apiece; Mike Fisher, Chris Campoli and Chris Neil with three apiece; Chris Phillips, Carkner and Peter Regin with two apiece; and Matt Cullen, Jesse Winchester and Nick Foligno with one each.

The Senators’ recklessness spoke to their commitment level in extending the series.

“We’ve got a lot of big bodies on the ‘D’ and a lot of willing guys on forward who aren’t afraid to go down and block shots,” said Carkner, who was asked about his teammates’ most recent war wounds.

“Volchie I’m sure has (some). He blocked 11. That’s impressive.”

The Senators will have to pay the price again Saturday if they are to take another step in the implausible comeback from the brink of elimination.

Fewer than 50 tickets were available for Game 6 as of Friday afternoon.


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