This could get ugly. When the Ottawa Senators line up for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series against Pittsburgh on Friday night, they're not going to be thinking about pushing the pace, a la the speedy Islanders. They can't. They're not going to expect their goalie to steal a game, because no matter how good Craig Andersen has been against most of the league, the Penguins generally have his number. No, Ottawa has only one prediction for the rest of this series: pain.
The Sens have 11 guys in the lineup who weigh at least 212 pounds. The Penguins have 5 such guys, and 3 of them were scratched in Game 1. The only area where the Senators have a potentially difference-making advantage is muscle, and you can be certain they're about to use it. Think it's an accident that every time you turned on the Ottawa-Montreal series there were gloves all over the ice?
Of course the Senators don't want to put the Penguins on the power play, but as most people would tell you, desperation makes guys named Chris Neil do some crazy things. If you have any doubt about what the citizens of Ottawa are thinking right now, look no further than our favorite Sun columnist, Don Brennan. Surprisingly, he's not writing about his testicles or his penis. No, instead Don Brennan wants you to know that every once in a while, Sidney Crosby just likes to fight.