Crosby likes Sens chances

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Sidney Crosby didn't leave Ottawa without taking one final shot at the Senators.

Crosby told reporters last night he respects the job Senators defencemen Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov did on him in the playoff series, but the Penguins' superstar didn't think they were perfect.

"They played well," said Crosby. "They're a tough pairing, but I was still able to create things and it wasn't like there wasn't chances.

'I HAD MY CHANCES'

"I'm not going to sit here and say they didn't do a good job because they did, but I think the competitive side of me says I had my chances, too."

Crosby is right, but he was shut out in the last two games of the series. Volchenkov and Phillips were on the ice nearly every time Crosby touched it and that made the Penguin's life difficult.

Volchenkov left briefly last night with a sore elbow in the third, but returned.

"They played really strong," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "Those two guys were out there and they were solid. They made it tough for him. Every time that Crosby line was on the ice, they were a force to deal with. I thought we did a really good job against them.

"We took away his stride as often as we could because this guy really moves the puck."

Youngsters like Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be part of a bright future for the Penguins.

"They've got a bunch of kids that are going to be a team you don't want to play in the future," said Murray. "I think Sidney Crosby will probably get a lot of chances to win a championship. The difference was our depth. Our fourth line did a good job when they went out there and they had a big impact on the game.

"I thought this would go six or seven games, but I really thought guys like (Daniel) Alfredsson and (Ray) Emery really lifted their games as the series went on. They were big for us."

Crosby predicted the Senators have a good shot at going deep in the playoffs.

"They have a deep team, a lot of different lines that can score goals. I think their chances are good, but every team is so good. They're going to compete."


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