Senators won't let up with star D-man out

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

The Senators won't relax just because Chris Pronger isn't in the lineup tonight.

"Somebody has got to step up and fill his shoes and those are big shoes to fill," said Senators winger Chris Neil.

With Pronger banished with a one-game suspension for his elbow to the head of centre Dean McAmmond, the Senators believe the Ducks will use it as a rallying point.

"He's arguably the best defenceman in the league," said Senators centre Jason Spezza.

Pronger's already been tossed out once in the post-season after nailing Tomas Holmstrom in the Western Conference final against Detroit.

"It's amazing how when teams lose big guys how other guys step up and play their best game," said defenceman Chris Phillips. "We saw that against Detroit in Game 4.

"He's a big guy for them. He plays a lot of minutes and plays well, but you can't approach it any differently or think it's going to be easier because they'll certainly try to rise to that challenge."

The Ducks don't seem concerned.

"That's adversity," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We've dealt with it before. You deal with it and you move on.

"We look at it the same way as us having 13 (two-man) advantages against us and we've had only one for us."


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