SNAPSHOTES: Senators add reinforcements with Watson in COVID protocol

The good news is that the rest of the staff and players tested negative on Friday.

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It was a difficult start to the season for Austin Watson .

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The Ottawa Senators were without their rugged winger for Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Canadian Tire Center and they will be for the foreseeable future as Watson has tested positive for COVID-19.

Watson, 29, who returned from an ankle injury on Tuesday night to face the Minnesota Wild in a 5-4 overtime loss, has been placed in the National Hockey League’s COVID-19 protocol and will be out for at least 10 days.

Before Watson can resume activities with the team, he must test negative at least twice. This means we probably won’t see Watson again until the Senators play a road game against the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 16.

Senatorial winger Austin Watson has been out of the lineup for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
Senatorial winger Austin Watson has been out of the lineup for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Photo by Julie Oliver /post media

The good news is that the rest of the staff and players tested negative on Friday.

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Watson is in isolation at home.

“You don’t come back until everything has been tested, you are 100 percent and everything is correct,” head coach Senators DJ Smith said Saturday before the game against the Bolts. “Then you should go skating again. I do not know how Patrick Kane came right out and played like he did (with a hat-trick for the Chicago Blackhawks against Ottawa last Monday).

“Most players will have to skate and then come back because you can’t skate while you have COIVD-19.”

PRECAUTIONS TAKEN

The way COVID-19 is spreading is worrisome as senators returned late Tuesday from a six-day trip through Dallas, Chicago and Minnesota. All three cities are hot spots in the United States, but the senators are regularly tested because they need negative tests to cross the border between Canada and the US.

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“Once you suspect that you have or have contact with someone, it’s a test every day,” Smith said. “Every time we cross the border, the players are tested. Last year it was every day, and now it’s every few days. Exactly as the schedule is, anyway, you test three or four days a week.

“If someone has it, they take it. We had a clean test (Friday). That road trip worries you when you’re in the United States for so long and then a player is put in protocol. You’re a little nervous that someone else might get it, but at the moment it looks like no one has, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope that’s the case.”

Because of those concerns, the Senators brought in five players from their American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, including: Parker Kelly, Egor Sokolov, Scott Sabourin, Andrew Agozzino and Erik Brannstrom , who made the overnight trip to Ottawa from Cleveland. All were qualified for Belleville’s 6-2 win in Cleveland, but only Kelly played in Ottawa on Saturday.

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He took the place of winger Tyler Ennis , which was a late scribble due to the flu, not a COVID-related illness. Four of the five players returned to Belleville, but missed Saturday-evening’s game in Cleveland.

A BEAUTIFUL RECEPTION

Brady Tkachuk received a nice welcome from the fans in his first game with the C on his chest as captain of the Senators.

There was a short video when he was introduced as part of the starting line-up and fans chanted his name. Tkachuk, 22, was named the 10th captain in franchise history on Friday.

Senator winger Brady Tkachuk (7) battles Lightning winger Ondrej Palat in the third period of Saturday's game.
Senator winger Brady Tkachuk (7) battles Lightning winger Ondrej Palat in the third period of Saturday’s game. Photo by Marc DesRosiers /USA TODAY Sports

Tkachuk, who scored his third goal of the season against the Lightning, said he didn’t feel any different.

“It was no different feeling, but I was definitely overwhelmed with all the support throughout the night,” Tkachuk said. “I appreciate the support of all the fans, but as I said, it will not be one person leading, it will be a group of us and it will be the whole team.”

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It was great that Tkachuk’s mother, Chantal , was in the house to be a part of it.

“It’s fun. She’s here for (10 days) so it’s nice to catch up with her because I haven’t seen her in a while, but it’s certainly nice to share that moment with her and that she’s in for that. the city is,” said Tkachuk, who played 19 minutes 54 seconds against the Lightning.

THE LAST WORDS

Back after being scratched on Thursday, Senators Defender Nikita Zaitsev played 20:45 and was plus-1. Smith changed his defensive combinations to put Zaitsev back with Thomas Chabot …Former Senator Goalkeeper Brian Elliott took his first win with the Lightning and made 24 stops. “I’ve spent some formative years of my career here,” Elliot said. “It’s always nice to come back and see familiar faces and play in that atmosphere. It was good.” Elliott, 36, spent parts of four seasons with the Senators before being assigned to Colorado in 2011. Craig Anderson . It was one of the best trades of recent times Bryan Murray once made as general manager of the senators because Anderson spent ten seasons at Ottawa and is the winning goalkeeper in franchise history… Tampa coach Jon Cooper did not like that the goal was recalled in the second period due to interference. The Senators ended with a power play after Cooper’s lost challenge, but were unable to score with the man advantage. “If you look at Steven Stamkos , his feet are not in the blue paint at all,” said Cooper. ‘For them to say he intervened? There was no interference at all. Now we can’t go to the net? There are mixed messages. That’s a big death for us. As a coach you roll the dice.”

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