The first question — or questions — posed to Senators coach Paul MacLean on Wednesday was if there was any update on the status of defenseman Eric Gryba and whether center Jason Spezza might suit up for Game 2.
“No and no,” MacLean said.
Brooks Orpik flattened Gryba with a big hit during the second period of the Penguins' 4-1 win in Game 1 on Tuesday. Gryba left the game and did not return with an upper-body injury.
“At this point, we're not ruling him out for the game on Friday,” MacLean said.
Spezza has been out since undergoing surgery on Feb. 1 to repair a herniated disk.
“Jason continues to skate in Ottawa, and obviously every day he skates is progress,” MacLean said.
One word to focus on
In a review of Game 1, one word kept coming up by the Senators.
“We've got to be more physical and dictate more physical play,” center Kyle Turris said.
“We've got to be more physical than we were last night,” right winger Chris Neil said.
At least left winger Colin Greening put it in different terms.
“Honestly, they outhit us,” he said.
The other prevailing theme was special teams play. The Penguins scored a short-handed goal and two power-play goals against a Senators team that led the NHL in penalty kills and thwarted Montreal on 16 of 19 power plays in their first-round series.
“Nothing was really a surprise,” MacLean said. “Their power play was very good. We knew it would be.”
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