September 05, 2002
Anton's a hit in Sens debut
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
A freight train named Anton Volchenkov made a big
impression in his debut with the Senators freshmen at
the Robert Guertin Arena last night.
Suiting up in his first rookie tournament, the 227-lb.
Volchenkov, Ottawa's top pick in 2000, levelled Florida
Panthers rookie Kyle Bruce so hard behind the net that
the game had to be delayed with 4:28 left in the first
While Bruce was stretchered to the hospital with a
mild concussion, Volchenkov didn't stop his assault
on making the lineup there.
In fact, Volchenkov hit Florida's Dustin Johner for
good measure in the second and picked up an assist as
the Senators defeated the Panthers 3-1 with Jason Spezza
netting two goals -- the winner and an empty-netter
-- in a chippy game.
Still, Volchenkov wasn't alone. Goaltender Ray Emery,
who is trying to win the No. 1 job with the club's AHL
affiliate in Binghamton, had his bid for a shutout broken
with 1:13 left, when Petr Taticek scored.
"Volchenkov and Emery (were) definitely two of
the better players on the ice," said Senators GM
"I've liked the way that Volchenkov has played
physical and finished his checks. He's looked good."
Even Panthers coach Mike Keenan was impressed with
Volchenkov's strength. The indications were Bruce was
joking with the trainers in the ambulance on the way
to the hospital and that he was going to be fine.
"I don't think (Bruce) knew he was running up
against a guy who was 227 pounds," said Keenan.
"The kid (Volchenkov) is a big horse.
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