LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Kyle Turris isn’t an overly superstitious type, but he admits to cutting his hair and putting no tape on his stick during the warm-ups while trying to break out of what is now a long forgotten 21-game goalless drought.
It’s forgotten now, because Turris has suddenly become one of the NHL’s hottest shooters, picking up the NHL’s second star of the week honours after finally breaking out with four goals and two assists in the Senators’ past two games.
“It’s crazy, the change a couple of weeks and a couple of bounces can make, and this is what you get,” Turris said here Monday, as the Senators prepared for Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders.
During his goalless funk, Turris was doing everything he could to help the team — including playing sound defence — but he admits it was a frustrating stretch.
“The guys were awesome in helping me through it. (The second star) isn’t just me. I’m getting a lot of help, for sure.”
THE BIG NUMBERS KEEP COMING FOR ALFREDSSON
Number 11 is now one point shy of hitting 1,100 points for his career — he has 422 goals and 673 assists — but he has never been too caught up in statistics. “The 1,000 point milestone is big and 1,100 is nice, but it’s not something I’ve been thinking about and I’d really like to get,” he said. “It’s one of those things, that when you retire and the kids might not remember as much about when I played, I can show them the stats and say that Dad was not too bad.”
GOALTENDING RUNS DEEP
The Senators have yet to officially confirm the news, but numerous reports Monday claimed the team was close to signing Bowling Green goaltender Andrew Hammond to his first professional contract. Hammond, from Surrey, B.C., has spent his collegiate career as a good goaltender on a weak team. During the 2012-13 season, he owned a 10-15-3 record, with a 2.47 goals against average and .917 save percentage. The Senators are loaded with organization depth at the position. In addition to Anderson, Lehner and Bishop, the Senators sport Binghamton’s Nathan Lawson (7-4-1, 2.26, .939) and two of Canada’s top junior goaltenders. Quebec’s Francois Brassard has a record of 33-18-4, a goals-against average of 2.73 and a save percentage of. 909 in the Major Junior Hockey League. Meanwhile, Chris Driedger of the Calgary Hitmen owns a record of 36-14-4, with a 2.55 GAA and .915 save percentage with Calgary of the Western Hockey League.
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