David Dziurzynski

Senators’ Gonchar suffers undisclosed injury


The Ottawa Senators’ ridiculous run of injuries continued on Thursday as defenseman Sergei Gonchar suffered an undisclosed injury.

The good news is that head coach Paul MacLean didn’t seem too concerned about the mystery ailment, which will apparently be re-evaluated on Friday.

It’s especially cruel timing because the 38-year-old blueliner has been generating some of his best production in ages lately. He extended a nine-game point streak (one goal, 13 assists) with a helper in Ottawa’s 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins tonight.

Again, it’s heartening that his issue might not be too serious, but the Senators’ injury list is just absurd:

  • Erik Karlsson (season over)
  • Jared Cowen (season over)
  • Jason Spezza (out indefinitely)
  • Milan Michalek (out indefinitely, season’s probably over)
  • Craig Anderson (day-to-day)
  • Marc Methot (day-to-day)
  • Mike Lundin (day-to-day)
  • David Dziurzynski (day-to-day)
  • Gonchar (we shall see)

Yup, that’s pretty outrageous.

Sens’ Dziurzynski practices for first time since McLaren KO

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Ottawa Senators forward David Dziurzynski sounds like he’s on the mend after suffering a concussion during a fight with Toronto’s Frazer McLaren last Thursday.

Today, the 23-year-old rookie practiced with the club for the first time since the incident.

“I’m feeling good,” he told the Senators website. “I’m getting close so a couple more days in the gym and practices and hopefully get back out there soon.”

Dziurzynski said his concussion symptoms included a headache and stiff neck, but no major issues that have hindered his recovery — which is a relief, given how scary things looked last week:

Dziurzynski said he’s appreciative of the support he’s received from family and Senators fans.

“It feels good to get fan support around Ottawa and from my family and stuff,” he explained. “It’s a bad thing that happened but obviously it’s part of the game.

“I’m not going to dwell on it too much, just going to get out there as soon as possible and play my game again.”

Sens’ Dziurzynski ‘doing much better’ after getting KOed


Some good news out of Ottawa on Thursday — Senators forward David Dziurzynski is reportedly feeling better after getting knocked out and suffering a concussion during a fight with Toronto’s Frazer McLaren on Wednesday night.

Just 26 seconds into last night’s Battle of Ontario, Dziurzynski fought McLaren in what was the Ottawa rookie’s first-ever NHL fight:

McLaren tried to explain his rationale for the scrap after the game.

“We had a flat start last game. I was just trying to get us going early,” McLaren told the Globe and Mail. “I asked [Dziurzynski if he wanted to fight] and actually he said no and so I didn’t think we were going to go and then he ended up dropping his stuff when the puck dropped.

“He’s a big guy and he actually gave me a few good ones early there. It was a lucky punch. It happens sometimes.”

Dziurzynski left the contest following the game and didn’t return.

Video: Leafs, Sens fight twice in opening five minutes, Dziurzynski KOed


It didn’t take long for Toronto and Ottawa to renew acquaintances on Wednesday night.

Just 26 seconds into the latest edition of the Battle of Ontario, Sens forward David Dziurzynski got into his first ever NHL scrap with Leafs tough guy Frazer McLaren — a decision that didn’t bode well for the Ottawa rookie:

Dzuirzynski was helped off the ice and went to the Sens’ dressing room. The team’s official Twitter account said they’d update his status.

Less than five minutes later, Colton Orr and Chris Neil also decided to chuck knuckles.

What’s noteworthy here is that, despite the fact Orr’s been with Toronto since 2009 and Neil with Ottawa since 2001, these two have only fought each other once before.

So, onto Round 2…

At the time of writing, the Leafs were up 2-0 on the Sens with goals from Tyler Bozak and Jay McClement.

Update: According to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, Dziurzynski has a concussion and won’t return.

Carter (head) won’t travel to Washington

The Devils will be without Ryan Carter for their next two games — both of them in Washington, on Thursday and Saturday — as the forward continues to recover from a head injury (via NHL.com).

Carter, 29, was hurt during Monday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa when he was sandwiched by Senators players David Dziurzynski and Chris Neil.

Carter’s absence should mean the return of rookie Stefan Matteau to the line-up tomorrow. The 18-year-old was skating with Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier today at practice.