Former UAA tender Lawson returns to NHL; doesn't go awesome

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

Former UAA goaltender Nathan Lawson returned to the NHL tonight for the first time since he played for New York Islanders in the 2010-11 season -- he's now with the Ottawa Senators organ-I-zation.

Things didn't go awesome in an 8-4 loss to the visiting New York Rangers.

Lawson began the night backing up Robin Lehner, who got the hook after two periods, giving up five goals on 26 shots. In came Lawson. He stopped 8 of 10 shots in 11:52 before he came out in favor of Lehner -- looked like Lawson hurt himself on the second goal against him, he stayed down a long time.

"He came up lame so we thought we better not push him,'' coach Paul MacLean told the team's website.

In Lawson's defense, not sure how he could have stopped either goal. The first goal against him came after a horrendous turnover, compounded by lazy, inattentive back-checking, and was on the back door. Ditto for the second goal -- back door, Ranger massively unchecked. Lotta boos from the Sens crowd -- hey, you give up eight at home when you're trying to push your way into the playoff picture and boos is what you get.

As for Lawson, The Blog is gonna blame it on wearing No. 29. No idea why he's stuck with that number -- Sens forward Colin Greening used to wear it, but wears No. 14 now -- but he's been wearing No. 52 (his mom's birth year) since before his UAA days, when he wore No. 52, and wears No. 52 in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators.