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After his Team Red won the 90-minute, light-hearted intrasquad skills competition at Canadian Tire Centre Sunday, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson celebrated in style.

He dropped to the ice and pretended to be rowing a boat ashore as he slid towards the players’ bench.

“I haven’t won one of those in nine or 10 years,” said Anderson, acknowledging that his memory is a bit foggy. “It’s about fun, about having fun with the kids out there and just making sure the game is fun. It is a game at the end of the day and today you can just relax, kick back and enjoy the moment.”

For those who keep track of these things, Nick Paul successfully defended his hardest shot title with a 105.0 miles per hour blast, edging out Thomas Chabot’s 103.9 mph slapshot. Colin White went a perfect five-for-five in the accuracy shooting competition and Christian Jaros claimed the fastest skater title, circling the rink in 14.373 seconds.

The most compelling part of the afternoon, though, was watching a select group of minor hockey players go through the drills. A few even joined the three-on-three contest that ended the show.

The $40,000 raised will go to the Ottawa Senators Foundation to support Ottawa-area charities.

“We’re in a process where we have some older guys that have been here that the fans really like and then we have some young guys that interact real well with the fans and the kids,” said Senators coach D.J. Smith. “Days like this help (fans) associate with these players and I know when I was a kid (in Windsor) watching Steve Yzerman and them in Detroit. It’s days like this when you pick your favourite player and maybe that’s the guy you cheer for the next 20 years.”

BATHERSON STAYS, FOR NOW: While Anthony Duclair continued to nurse a sore foot, Belleville call-up Drake Batherson remained to take part in the skills competition.

At this point, he’s not looking beyond the next day and doesn’t know whether he’ll leave with the Senators Monday for their road trip to Washington and Detroit. “I don’t know what they’re thinking, all I can control is how I’m playing,” said Batherson, who led the AHL in scoring before being recalled Saturday.

After he picked up an assist in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith was full of praise for his slick playmaking with the man advantage.

“You could see on the power play, he made some plays, probably the most plays anyone has made on (the side boards) all year,” he said. “I was really impressed with his game.”

REILLY MAKES HIS MARK: After playing 20:09 in his Senators debut Saturday, defenceman Mike Reilly was pleased with his performance. “I haven’t played that many minutes in awhile … it has been two and a half weeks, maybe, since I’ve played,” he said. While seeing limited duty in Montreal this season, he says he was at times afraid to make a mistake. In his first game in Ottawa, he felt a little more freedom to join the rush … If all goes well at practice Monday, Smith is optimistic defenceman Dylan DeMelo (broken finger) will return to the lineup Tuesday against Washington. He has missed the past 10 games. It’s possible that both Ron Hainsey (lower body) and Nikita Zaitsev (lower body) could be back for Friday’s game in Detroit.

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