Pens haven't let go of mural memory

BRUCE GARRIOCH, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 7:16 PM ET

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The mural that depicted the Senators shaking hands with the Penguins after a five-game series win in 2007 is gone at Scotiabank Place — but it’s not forgotten in Western Pennsylvania.

While highlighting some of the more memorable moments between the Senators and Penguins on the club’s website Tuesday, a staff writer noted that the mural served as a source of motivation for Pittsburgh players in a four-game sweep in 2008.

Apparently, the picture propelled the Penguins to the sweep.

“Maybe the Senators should have consulted the Philadelphia Flyers before they made the colossal mistake of provoking Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins,” wrote Jason Seidling, the Penguins’ typist.

“Sure, Ottawa had plenty to be proud of entering the 2008 postseason — they were the defending Eastern Conference Champions after all — but I’m almost positive they could have chosen a different picture to put outside the visitors locker room. By the time the Penguins arrived at Scotiabank Place for Game 3 on April 14 they already held a 2-0 series lead and had outscored the Senators, 9-3. Clearly they didn’t need any added motivation.

“But they sure received some when they saw that mural. They made sure to minimize how many times they had to walk past the painting, sweeping the series from the Senators with a 4-1 victory in Game 3 and a 3-1 win in the clinching contest two days later.”

The series clincher against the Penguins in 2007 was the only round the Senators finished off on home ice during their run to the Stanley Cup final.

In the second and third rounds, they closed out New Jersey and Buffalo on the road, limiting their options photographically.


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