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Jason & Sidney Meet

from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,

He is only 23 years old, but feels almost elderly when talking about Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old star he will face tonight when Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins visit Spezza’s Ottawa Senators in the first game of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Both were child prodigies in a game in which the majority of Canadian parents would rather see their sons play a single exhibition game in the National Hockey League than become prime minister.
Both were being written up in major newspapers by ages 13 and 14, Spezza making a quick leap from peewee hockey in Mississauga to bantam and, at 15, off to the major-junior leagues.

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Best Line Of The Day

via the Globe and Mail,

Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray was asked Tuesday whether he anticipated a match-up between Senators tough guy Brian McGrattan and Pittsburgh enforcer Georges Laracque during the upcoming series between the Senators and Penguins.
“Not unless they get into a fight in the press box,” joked Murray, who sat out McGrattan for all 10 of Ottawa’s playoff games a year ago.

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Sens Try To Lose The “Tag”

from the CP via TSN,

As the Senators prepared to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round of the Eastern Conference post-season beginning Wednesday, Murray’s first order of business was to address the “choking dog” brush - his words - that he’s sick of seeing his team painted with.
“I think it’s bullshit,” Murray snorted following the team’s practice.
While it’s the 10th straight season the Senators have qualified for the playoffs, they’ve advanced beyond the second round just once in their history.

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Run And Be Runned

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Murray told reporters that if Therrien wants to try to intimidate the Senators in the best-of-seven series that starts tomorrow at Scotiabank Place, then the Penguins can expect Ottawa to push right back.
“However we’re treated, we’ll treat the other team. If they give us 10:30 (a.m.) ice times, we’ll give them 10:30 (a.m.) ice times. If they run our goaltender, we will look after that area of the game as well,” said Murray. “That’s the way I have always tried to operate: You do to something to us and I’m going to make sure my team does the same thing. We’re not going to take a back seat to anybody.”

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Breaking Down The Matchups

Scott Burnside of ESPN breaks down every first round matchup and has this to say about the Ottawa/Pittsbugh series…

It might not be what the big brains at the NHL would like to see, but the Senators’ experience and talented back end prove the difference in a surprisingly short series. Ottawa in five.

more on that matchup plus you will find links to every series on the right sidebar of that page…

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82nd Game Brings 50 For Heatley

From the Ottawa Sun,

From the moment Senators winger Dany Heatley gathered in a rolling puck in the neutral zone, you knew he was going to shoot. Seconds later, he did and Heatley had his 50th goal of the season, putting the Senators on the road to a 6-3 win over the Bruins and keeping the Senators at home to start the playoffs.
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Pressure’s On The Sens

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review,

Picture the Penguins' playoff series against the Ottawa Senators as a 200-yard dash. Now, picture the Senators crouched at the starting line in winter clothes, each man tethered to a half-ton boulder. Picture the Penguins standing there in gym shorts and tank tops, eagerly awaiting the pistol. There couldn't be a matchup pitting teams of more dissimilar emotional mind-sets.
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Pens/Sens Battle For Home Ice

from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette,

Maxime Talbot scored with less than 10 seconds left in regulation to give them a 3-2 victory against the Senators at Scotiabank Place and a 3-1 edge in the season series.
That’s significant, because the Penguins and Senators will meet in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, although the home-ice advantage for that series will not be determined until tomorrow.
The teams have 103 points each—for the Penguins, that’s the second-highest total in franchise history—but Ottawa has an edge in the first tiebreaker, total victories.
Consequently, the Senators can lock up home ice by beating Boston at TD Banknorth Garden; if the Senators lose, however, the Penguins (46-24-11) can earn home ice by defeating the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena.

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Melnyk Delivers

from the CP via the Winnipeg Free Press,

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) — The owner of the Ottawa Senators is delivering gifts including $50,000 worth of hockey equipment to Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Eugene Melnyk is visiting the NATO base in Kandahar.
Melnyk stepped off of a C130 Hercules transport aircraft wearing body armour and carrying an army helmet.
The troops — for whom ball hockey is a major pastime — are getting new goalie equipment, hockey sticks, inline skates, balls and NHL and Team Canada jerseys.
The billionaire businessman is also delivering 2,500 Tim Hortons gift certificates.

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Blame The Band

from the Ottawa Sun,

If Dany Heatley doesn’t get 50 goals for the second straight season, it won’t be because of defencemen like Andrei Markov or goaltenders like Martin Brodeur.
Blame The Pussycat Dolls.
The Senators winger won’t decide until this morning if his sore ankle is good enough to allow him to play tonight against the hot Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.
Heatley, who has 46 goals with five games left, caught his toe in some bad ice Tuesday night against the Bruins and twisted his ankle.
The Senators said the ice was soft and in poor condition after the Christina Aguilera/The Pussycat Dolls concert the night before.
When asked if Aguilera is to blame, Heatley replied: “Maybe just The Pussycat Dolls. They were melting the ice, apparently, and it made for bad ice for the game.”

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