Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bobby Ryan Scores, Sits out Third Period Following a Collision in Sens Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bobby Ryan Scores, Sits out Third Period Following a Collision in Sens Win

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Ryan gives Sens a scare in win over Canadiens


OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators were all about precaution Wednesday night.

While Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson played significant roles in Ottawa's 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, neither was on the bench by the end of the game.

Ryan left with just over five minutes remaining in the second period after a collision behind the net, but returned shortly after. However the Senators opted on the side of caution and kept him out of the lineup for the third period.

Ryan was hit by Greg Pateryn and admitted he suffered a bit of a stinger from the contact.

"I think we erred on the side of caution which I certainly understand," said Ryan. "It just kept shooting down my hand and I could feel it. The doctors made a decision to rest it and we'll see how it feels (Thursday)."

Karlsson left the game late in the third, but said his leaving had nothing to do with his ankle. Last season Karlsson suffered a partially lacerated Achilles.

"It was just precaution, nothing serious," said Karlsson, who had three assists. "It was nothing special, just a little bit tired and no need to play any more minutes."

In addition, the Senators had also been without defenceman Patrick Wiercioch for the start of the second period, but he did return and finish the game.

Senators coach Paul MacLean did say, "it seems everyone's going to be all right and nobody has anything that's going to be long term. It was mostly just precautionary during the game to take people out to make sure nothing else happened."

Aside from the injuries MacLean was pleased with the team's overall play.

In addition to Ryan, Cory Conacher, Clarke MacArthur, Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad also scored for Ottawa, while Andrew Hammond made 24 saves.

Magnus Nygren and Raphael Diaz scored for Montreal, while Peter Budaj faced 32 shots.

The Senators are 4-1 in pre-season play, while the Canadiens are 2-3-1. …

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