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Cory Conacher Makes Debut with Ottawa Senators

Timothy T. Ludwig – USA TODAY Sports

This past Wednesday, the Ottawa Senators traded goalie Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for rookie Cory Conacher.  Once acquired, Conacher became the Senators’ leading scorer with 24 points (he is second among rookies in the league this season).  He is also currently one of five rookies on Ottawa’s NHL roster that also includes defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, goalie Robin Lehner, and Conacher’s line mates Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg.

Conacher made his debut as a Senator tonight against the Buffalo Sabres on the second line alongside two other rookies, center Zibaneja and right wing Silfverberg.  Prior to the game, Conacher had this to say about skating on a line with Zibaneja and Silfverberg (via NHL.com):

“I think we have a lot of speed on our line. Those two guys that I’m playing with are guys that are very confident with the puck and they’re very patient,” Conacher said. “They know how to make plays and, like I said, they’re fast too, so they’ll take pucks to the net pretty quick. So you’ve got to be ready for that.”

The Sabres defeated the Senators by a score of 4-2 with Conacher playing a total of 12:28 minutes (TOI) earning a +2 but not recording any goals or assists.

Ottawa will be back in action on Sunday evening on the road against the Florida Panthers.  The puck is set to drop at 6:00 pm (est) at the BB&T Center.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.