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Erik Karlsson, Derick Brassard will play for Senators in Game 6

Each missed third period of 7-0 loss to rest, in lineup against Penguins

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defensemen Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci and forward Derick Brassard will each play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

All three were held out of the third period of Game 5 Sunday, a 7-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Oh, they're playing tomorrow," Senators coach Guy Boucher said Monday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win.


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Karlsson missed the final 4:05 of the second period after falling and hitting his left foot on the ice, but following the game, said he absolutely would play in Game 6. After the first round, Karlsson said was playing with two hairline fractures in his left foot.

It was the same scenario from Game 4 in the second round against the New York Rangers. The Senators were losing 4-0 after two periods and Karlsson did not play in the third.

Brassard left Game 5 shortly after a hit from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz at 12:13 of the second period, and Ceci left after the second period with an undisclosed injury.

Boucher was unsure about the availability of defenseman Mark Borowiecki who has been out since Game 2 of the first round with a lower-body injury.

Forward Alexandre Burrows, who has been out since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 3, did not practice Monday and is day to day.

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