Underdog Senators get down to work

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

OTTAWA - - The Senators went back to work Monday at Scotiabank Place, and it seems they relish the role of underdog.

After a one-year absence from the playoffs, the Senators are preparing for the opening of Round 1 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday at the Igloo. The series will continue Friday in Pittsburgh and then return to Ottawa for Game 3 on Sunday.

They know virtually no one is picking them to knock off the champs.

“I don’t read the papers very often, but today I did, and there’s no pressure on us at all,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray. “Nobody expects us to win, so that’s a good thing.”

This will be the third time in four years the Senators have faced the Penguins in the post-season. The last time was in 2008 and Ottawa was swept in four games straight.

“The fact that they won the Cup, everyone wants a shot at the Cup winners,” said centre Mike Fisher. “We know them well. That’s for sure. We know how to play them. We know what it’s going to take to beat them and we know it’s not going to be easy.”

The only players not on the ice today were defenceman Filip Kuba (back) and winger Alexei Kovalev (knee). Both are gone for the season.


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