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January 25, 2013

Jensen making smooth transition to defense

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Jensen said playing in the back has been an adjustment.

“Mostly I have to think about what’s behind me now,” he said. “Before, I had a couple guys I could count on. Now I’m one of the guys behind them making the decisions, and it’s a little bit different.”

Emery said Jensen still has some things to learn but has made a quick transition, and Beadow agreed that the new defenseman has played well.

“It’s nice to have him back there,” Beadow said. “Big guy, big stick, got a lot of range; moves his feet, so he gets up the ice real quick.”

Jensen is sixth on the team with 11 points (four goals, seven assists), and during his stint on defense he has recorded two assists. He said he can still be part of the offense.

“I get to do a little bit of both now,” he said. “I join the rush as it suits me. Luckily I’m a decent skater, so I get to catch up once in a while, so that’s good.”

Jensen practiced with the defense this week. Emery said he wasn’t sure how long Jensen will stay back there and that he would reassess things on Monday.

“I’m taking it a game at a time, too,” Jensen said. “Just improving every day and trying to do my best.”

Email Courtney Lewis: clewis@pressrepublican.com

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