Chad Kilger knows what it's like to get nailed in the family jewels during a hockey game.
He says it used to happen all the time.
"That's the way defencemen used to cover the front of the net," Kilger said yesterday. "They'd take their sticks and put them between your legs or cross check you in the back.
"I've had goalies do it to me."
So how did this, ah delicate subject come up?
Kilger was one of the hot topics on the minds of the Ottawa media yesterday for his stick to the groin area of Christoph Schubert during the Senators 6-2 victory over the Maple Leafs Tuesday.
At one point, Kilger looked at the huge media scrum surrounding him and shook his head.
"With all this attention I'm getting, I feel like Darcy,"Kilger said, referring to teammate Darcy Tucker.
Kilger and Tucker once again played on a unit with Michael Peca last night.
"We are the most hated line in the building," Kilger said, chuckling.
NIK OF TIME
Nik Antropov practised for the second consecutive day yesterday but cautioned that people should not yet pencil him into the lineup for tomorrow's game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
"I must talk to the doctors first, then we'll decide," he said."I don't want to put a date on it.If I say a date and then don't show up the rumours will start and I don't want that."
Antropov has been out with a sprained ankle.
"(Wednesday) was my first practice and I wondered how it would feel," he said. "But when I woke up (yesterday), it felt normal. There was no pain.That's a good sign."
Even Senators coach Bryan Murray was amazed at the hype leading up to the game against the Leafs yesterday.
"Everything here is sports shows, talk shows, media, all trying to find nice news stories,"Murray said."We understand that part. In a couple of the other markets (I worked in) there were just two or three guys (and) we became friends. They covered me real well."