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 hasn’t found a matchup that has been able to shut down Crosby and that has to change in Game 5 in Pittsburgh Thursday.

“You’ve got to put more pressure on him. You’ve got to be physical. He’s 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, they’re capitalizing on their chances. We’ve had the defensive pairing we want out there. We’ve had different lines out there, he’s just made us pay in different ways. We’ve got to ways to shut him down as much as possible.”

It didn’t help the Senators’ shutdown pair of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov were minus-3 in Game 4.

“(Crosby’s) been unbelievably effective with the chances he’s had. He’s made the most of them,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson. “When he gets success, he feels comfortable, he feels good and he doesn’t force things.

“He’s playing pretty simple game as well. For us, I thought we did a better job earlier in the series. The last two games, he’s had more time. We’re just not as tight as a group.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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