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Sens vs. Penguins - Game #4 Preview

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens have the opportunity to sweep their 2-game Eastern Conference Final homestand against the Penguins tonight at 8 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre.

We received a brief update on Alex Burrows yesterday from Sens head coach Guy Boucher and he remains hopeful that he will be available for Game 4. Burrows left Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return but thankfully it may have looked worse than it actually was.

"I know last night after the game didn't seem as bad as it could," shared Boucher at his media conference yesterday. "So I'll wait until later on today to get something more specific so still hopeful for tomorrow."

While the Sens wait for news on Burrows before finalizing their line-up, the Penguins now face a decision in goal for Game 4. Marc-Andre Fleury, who exited Wednesday's contest after allowing 4 goals on 9 shots in the first period, has been a big reason for the Pens' success this post-season after inheriting the starting position from Matt Murray who suffered an injury prior to Game 1 of their first round series against Columbus. Murray compiled a record of 32-10-4 during the regular season and helped guide Pittsburgh to a Stanley Cup last year but has been on the sidelines for over a month. When asked yesterday, the Sens coach isn't too concerned who starts for the Penguins in Game 4.

"To be honest with you, we don't care," said Boucher. "We don't care who's on the other side. We've had to deal with Rask, who was on a tear and then we had to deal with Lundqvist, who was on a tear, and we just played against Fleury, who was on a tear."

"Whether it's him or another goaltender, it's not something we control, and with makes no difference in our game."

Video: May 18: Guy Boucher - Off-day Media

 

Previous game

The Sens came out on fire on Wednesday night exploding offensively in the first period thanks to goals from Mike Hoffman, Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith. Kyle Turris grew the lead to 5-0 late in the second frame and thanks to some solid work from Craig Anderson in goal, the Sens coasted to a 5-1 win in Game 3. Following the game, Brassard credited the team's effort up and down their line-up.

"That's the way we play all season long," said Brassard yesterday afternoon. "We're four lines and six defence pairings that can roll. You can't win in this league if you don't have every line going. That's the beauty of our team, we have four lines that can play."

Check out the full highlights from Game 3 below...

Video: Sens use strong 1st to down Pens in Game 3, 5-1

 

Sens to watch

After going the entire regular season without one, Marc Methot now has 2 goals in his last 3 playoff home games for the Sens. Obviously, Methot is not known for his offensive contributions but the big guy has been getting it done in the defensive zone during the post-season as well. He ranks second on the team with a +7 rating, which trails only his defence partner Erik Karlsson's league-leading +13, and has a team-high 60 hits in the post-season which is 20 more than Jean-Gabriel Pageau who ranks second in that category.

"What you saw in Game 3 is what he gave us all year," said Boucher regarding Methot's play on Game 3. "So he's not just Erik's partner. I think he flies under the radar because Erik will log a lot of attention but his mobility for his size is so impressive that it makes his gap terrific."

Video: PIT@OTT, Gm3: Methot tallies off lucky bounces

     

    Red Zone

    The Red Zone opens at 5 p.m. tonight and will remain open for Game 4. Fans not able to attend the game can still cheer on the Sens from the Red Zone and catch all the action on the 10' x 20' screen.

    Click here for more details about the Red Zone.

    Tweet from @Senators: The Red Zone is filling up before Game 3! #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/r1SMqi2cIZ

     

    Broadcast

    Can't make it to CTC tonight? Catch all the action on CBC and TVAS starting at 8 p.m. or if you are in need of a great spot to watch the game with other rabid Sens fans (besides the Red Zone) check out our list of official Sens Army Headquarters for the playoffs here.

    Tweet from @SensHouseOttawa: The Sens snowman is here! #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/rah1RdOzPw

     

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