Shut down Crosby or else

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

PITTSBURGH The only hope the Senators have now is somehow find an answer to Sidney Crosby.

When you consider that Crosby has 11 points in the series and is single-handedly about to take out the Senators, it seems like a tall task.

Ottawa coach Cory Clouston hasnt found a matchup that has been able to shut down Crosby and that has to change in Game 5 in Pittsburgh Thursday.

Youve got to put more pressure on him. Youve got to be physical. Hes obviously an elite player, Clouston said Wednesday. If we can make him, and make their line, in more of a defensive mode (they can be successful).

Right now, theyre capitalizing on their chances. Weve had the defensive pairing we want out there. Weve had different lines out there, hes just made us pay in different ways. Weve got to ways to shut him down as much as possible.

It didnt help the Senators shutdown pair of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov were minus-3 in Game 4.

(Crosbys) been unbelievably effective with the chances hes had. Hes made the most of them, said captain Daniel Alfredsson. When he gets success, he feels comfortable, he feels good and he doesnt force things.

Hes playing pretty simple game as well. For us, I thought we did a better job earlier in the series. The last two games, hes had more time. Were just not as tight as a group.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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