They had the last 10 days off, so what was an extra 45 minutes wait for the Senators to squeeze in some must-see TV.

The Senators hit the ice for the first time since an ugly beatdown in Boston last Saturday, but not before teammates could gather around the tube to cheer on comrades and countrymen in Sochi.

And clearly, blood runs thicker than water in the Senators dressing room with Canada and the U.S. set to clash in Friday's Olympic semi-final.

"It's going to be a heckuva battle on Friday," said Bobby Ryan, part of an American contingent that includes Craig Anderson, Joe Corvo and Erik Condra.

"I've gotta start making some bets with some guys in here."

It was an eventful break for Ryan, who was engaged to his longtime girlfriend on the Eiffel Tower, while Cory Conacher also proposed to his girlfriend on a beach vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For others, the break was a welcome breather in the midst of a grinding schedule.

Chris Phillips was the first to hit the ice at the Bell SensPlex, and declared himself good to go -- after being hampered by a hip injury -- when the season resumes on Thursday with the Detroit Red Wings in town.

"It was nice to spend time with the family and get some rest, we've got a busy schedule coming up so it's nice to come back re-energized," said Jason Spezza.

That schedule see the Senators play the 23 remaining regular season games in just 46 days, so coach Paul MacLean welcomed the break, and had nearly a full roster at his disposal with only two Olympians still away.

"Having experienced it before, when we had a lot of players at the Olympics, it can be an issue," said MacLean. "So to have a block of practice with almost all of our players in place, it should give us a chance to get out of the gate and hit the road running."

Jared Cowen (flu) was the only other notable absence.

MacLean liked what saw in the first practice back from the break, but said he, too, had been caught up in Olympic performances of Erik Karlsson, who has been a force for the Swedes in the tournament, and Milan Michalek, who had a strong tournament until his Czech team was eliminated Wednesday.