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As expected, Bobby Ryan took part in Monday's practice and he said his nagging injury felt fine.

"I should be good to go from here on out," he said. Ryan, who was snubbed by Team USA's selection committee for the Winter Olympics, got engaged during the break. He admitted that he had some mixed emotions for the American squad during the Sochi Games, but in the end he did want to see them do better than they did with their fourth place finish.

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Bobby Ryan is expected to skate on Monday.

He hasn't been practicing yet because of a minor injury and although the Senators are being cautious by resting him, they don't think the ailment will be an issue.

Bobby Ryan RW OTT 2 Months

Bobby Ryan was held out of Ottawa's practice on Thursday with what is believed to be a minor injury.

The Senators skated outdoors for the session on softer-than-usual ice, so they didn't want to take any chances with their star winger. "We kept him off the ice (Thursday) because of where we were going," coach Paul MacLean said. "We're just guarded. We're just making sure. We don't anticipate there is any (problem) there, but we just want to make sure." Ryan should be fine for the Senators' first game back after the Olympic break, but if his status changes then we will let you know.

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Bobby Ryan, who has registered only six points in the Senators' last 18 games, practiced on the team's third line Friday.

He was moved off the first unit alongside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArtur and instead worked out with Cory Conacher and Mika Zibanejad on the third line. It remains to be seen if Ottawa coach Paul MacLean was just sending a message to Ryan during the scrimmage or if in fact the struggling winger will in fact lineup on the third unit Saturday afternoon against Boston. By the way, Erik Condra took Ryan's spot on the first unit.

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Bobby Ryan scored a goal and dished out an assist for the Senators in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Ryan's stat production in this game was matched by his line mate Kyle Turris, who also picked up two points. Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson and Zack Smith were the other Ottawa goal scorers in the victory.

Bobby Ryan RW OTT 3 Months

Bobby Ryan has recorded one goal in his last 12 games.

"No, I'm not getting enough chances," he said of his slump. "The pucks just aren't finding me in certain areas. I've always had a lull every year and it's always been around this time. I'm just a little far away from the puck. I've got to be a little more reactive towards the puck a little bit." Ryan said he needs to relax himself and not press to score because that's a recipe to invite more pressure. He still leads the Senators with 19 goals in 53 games and it probably won't be long before he gets going again.

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Bobby Ryan put an end to his season-long, six-game goal slump on Thursday night.

He netted his team-leading 19th marker of the year in a 5-4 overtime loss to Montreal. Ryan racked up six shots on goal in the match despite seeing just 15:21 of ice time.

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If Bobby Ryan shot a little more, there is no tellling how many goals he could score.

With 116 shots, Ryan has 18 goals. He is on pace for 211 shots well below the 258 and 270 he took when he scored 35 and 34 goals in Anaheim. If Ryan upped his shot totals just a little bit, he could easily be a 40-goal scorer. "Mac [Senators' coach Paul MacLean] feels like I should have six to seven shots a game, and I've been coming in at one or two," said Ryan. "I understand that. I've got to fire the puck a little more." Look for Ryan to have a strong game against the Preds Saturday night as he may have something to prove to Nashville GM David Poile, who is also GM of the U.S. Olympic Team that snubbed Ryan earlier this week.

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The Ottawa Senators have trying Bobby Ryan on the point of the power play.

He has done it in the past. "I actually like it, you get a little more time and space," he said. "I think if you read the play right, you get a lot more opportunity." Ryan leads the Senators with six power-play markers. He has 18 goals and 37 points in 45 games this season.

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Bobby Ryan appreciates the public apology from U.S. Olympic general manager David Poile and says he would accept a spot on the club if the door opens due to an injury.

But at this point, he simply wants to move on from the very public controversy which resulted from Brian Burke's harsh criticisms of his play being made public in an espn.com article earlier this week. "I guess it's a nice sentiment," Ryan said before the Senators left for Montreal Friday afternoon and Saturday's game against the Canadiens. "To be honest, I would just like it to go away and let's move forward now." Poile, speaking on a conference call Friday, said he was as shocked as anyone to read the pointed criticisms Brian Burke had for Ryan - including that he lacked passion and "couldn't spell the word intense" - mistakenly believing that USA Hockey had a final say on what was published even though ESPN had been granted full access to the behind-the-scenes discussions on the making of the team.