The Penguins have beaten the Senators in the playoffs before.
The cities were Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Binghamton and it was the American Hockey League, but close to half of the players who will strap it on for each team starting tomorrow night were on those teams that met during the NHL lockout in the spring of 2005.
The Penguins came back from a 2-0 deficit after losing the first two games on the road to beat the Binghamton Senators 4-2 in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
It was a huge upset for the Penguins as the Senators team boasted players like forwards Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Brian McGrattan, defencemen Anton Volchenkov and Christoph Schubert and goaltender Ray Emery.
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The first-place Senators had a league-high 276 goals and Spezza won the scoring title.
The Penguins side had forwards Colby Armstrong, Michel Ouellet, Erik Christenson, Maxime Talbot, defencemen Ryan Whitney, Alain Nasreddine and Rob Scuderi and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Michel Therrien, current Pens bench boss, was the coach of the team.
"Oh, yeah, the year of the lockout we had a great series against them," Whitney told the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh. "That was a big series for us. They were one of the best teams in the league all year, and it was tough, but we were lucky enough to play well, and I wouldn't expect anything less facing them in the first round this year."
"They shut us down, played real defensive, we got frustrated and by the time we tried to wake up in Game 6, the series was over," said Spezza.
If the Senators who were on that team could take anything out of that series, it's that they chased Fleury after Game 1.
Therrien came back with Andy Chiodo, probably Spezza's best friend at the time and he led the Penguins to victory.