Senators Gameday: Pittsburgh at Ottawa

CHRIS STEVENSON

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

TODAY: ARENA: Scotiabank Place, 3 p.m.

TV: CBC, RDS, NBC

RADIO: Team 1200 AM, CJRC 1150 AM (French), Star 96 FM (Pembroke), Jewel 1220 AM (Cornwall) and Kix 102.7 FM (Kingston).

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

55 Sergei Gonchar D

AGE: 32 HT: 6-foot-2. WT: 211 lbs.

PLAYOFF stats: 1 GP 1 G 1 A 2 Pts 0 PIMs

THE SKINNY: Second-leading scorer among NHL defencemen this season with 13 goals and 54 assists for 67 points, two behind Anaheim's Scott Neidermayer ... Selected by the Washington Capitals with their first pick (14th overall) in the 1992 draft and is the best offensive defenceman to come out of that draft (550 career points; Roman Hamrlik is next with 505) ... Signed as a free agent by the Penguins in the summer of 2005 ... Ranked first on the Penguins in ice time this season (26:33) and was seventh overall in the NHL ... Has 15 goals and 23 assists in 59 career playoff games.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

Penguins: D Eric Cairns (knee), indefinite.

Senators: No injuries to report.

NOTEWORTHY

Two of the Penguins' three goals in Game 1 came on the power play. There's no way the Senators can continue to hand the Penguins 10 power-play opportunities like they did in Game 1 ... The Senators squandered two 5-on-3 opportunities in Game 1, but still managed to score two power-play goals overall (2-for-6) ... The Senators outhit the Penguins 36-28 in the opener of the best-of-seven series ... Ottawa's Antoine Vermette was 21-7 (75%) in the faceoff circle in Game 1 ... Sidney Crosby was tops for the Penguins, going 19-10 (65%).


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