Senators just can't hang with Penguins

Ottawa Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau is checked by Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang during NHL...

Ottawa Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau is checked by Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang during NHL Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff hockey action at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday May 24 ,2013. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:09 AM ET

PITTSBURGH - The Senators' best was not nearly good enough.

Putting together a first line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek was coach Paul MacLean's way of providing the team with a calming influence from the start of Game 5.

His three top guns were supposed to help the Senators get over the slow gate departures that had plagued them in this series. It didn't work. None of them registered a single shot on goal -- including their shift on the lone power play -- during a first period once again dominated by the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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