May 11, 2013
Senators will face top-seeded Penguins in second round
By DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil (25) punches Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik (44) during the first period of NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place Monday, April 22, 2013. Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

Next up, Player 87.

For the fourth time in the last six springs, the Senators are meeting Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs.

The Penguins advanced to the second round Saturday night by beating the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime to claim their best-of-seven set 4-2.

The Senators-Penguins showdown could start as soon as Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

"We've got to go through everybody," Senators defenceman Chris Phillips said Saturday afternoon when discussing the prospect of taking on the Penguins, who finished first in the Eastern Conference with a 36-12-0 record that saw them win 18 games both at home and on the road.

"It would be a tough series, but yeah, we welcome the challenge. We've played them a few times (over) the last years, and I would expect no different ... a lot of energy and an exciting series."



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