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By Tim Baines
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6:27 p.m.
 

Whenever Sidney Crosby gets onto the ice, two Ottawa Senators defenseman — Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot — usually aren't far behind.

“They both skate very well,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean. “I thought they were able to maintain a gap sufficient enough to stall him. He got some chances, too. So I'm not sure if they stopped him ... or he stopped himself ... or maybe it was Craig Anderson that stopped him ... or maybe it was a combination of all those things.”

“Don't turn the puck over,” said Methot. “You turn the puck over against a guy like Sidney, and he'll burn you.”

Turning out the power

While the Senators' penalty killing has been good, MacLean doesn't want to tempt fate: “They have some very good players they can put out there. Taking six minor penalties in a game isn't going to be very successful for us.”

Smile, you're on camera

Being in a hockey market that's drawing plenty of media and fan attention is something new to winger Cory Conacher, who was dealt to Ottawa from Tampa earlier this season. “Really, there'd only be one camera, if that, facing me if I was in Tampa right now,” said Conacher.

Injury report

Winger Chris Neil, who left Sunday's game after the second period after being slammed into the boards by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, was back on the ice Tuesday and is expected to play Wednesday. Defenseman Eric Gryba didn't practice.

When on Rome ...

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson got some high-profile radio time Tuesday when he was a guest on The Jim Rome Show. “We keep believing here,” Alfredsson told Rome. “We know we're in tough against a great Pittsburgh team, but we believe we can do it. To do that, we have to start by winning (Wednesday) night.”

Spezza tunes in

Centre Jason Spezza talking about his favorite music after Tuesday's practice: “In the summer, I like a little Tragically Hip. Before games, I like dance, rap, Jay Z ... something with a little more beat.”

Tim Baines is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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