Ottawa Senators ready to level the playing field

Ottawa Senators' Marc Methot checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke during NHL Eastern Conference...

Ottawa Senators' Marc Methot checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke during NHL Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Sunday May 19,2013. Errol McGihon/The Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:10 PM ET

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on notice.

Leading the Eastern semi-final 2-1 after the Senators pulled off a miraculous 2-1 double-OT victory Sunday night at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa players want their No. 1-ranked opponents across the hall to know nothing is going to come easy.

The Penguins may be full of talent with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, James Neal and Tomas Vokoun, but nobody has ever doubted the heart the Senators have shown all season.

Now, with Game 4 set for Wednesday at Scotiabank Place, the Senators are buoyed by the confidence they picked up with the emotional win and are determined to tie this series before the two teams head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 Friday.

"You have to believe that you belong here otherwise what the hell are you doing here? I can't stress enough that guys in here do believe that we can play with these guys," said defenceman Marc Methot in the wee hours of Monday morning.


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