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Dion Phaneuf’s Longest Run In the Playoffs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This is his first taste of the second round during a career that’s included 902 regular-season games, and after 12 years he’s gained an appreciation for the small accomplishment it represents.

"It’s been a long time," said Phaneuf. "I’ve loved the whole thing. The whole first round (against Boston) it was a challenging series, I hadn’t been in the playoffs in a while. You get there and it’s just a different level of hockey, a different level of compete.

"I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m really happy with our team, I’m happy being here, I just like our team."

The 32-year-old is almost buoyant.

He is logging the second-most ice time behind captain Erik Karlsson in the playoffs and thriving on the heightened battle for space. The Senators are also enjoying an uptick in possession with Phaneuf on the ice, in part because coach Guy Boucher has found him some 5-on-5 minutes with Karlsson and they’re controlling more than 65 per cent of shot attempts while paired together.

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