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After a couple of first-round defeats, the Ottawa Senators are now the lone Canadian team still standing - and they're in tough against one of this year's favourites to win the Cup, the talent-laden Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins went 0 for 6 on the power play against Ottawa at Scotiabank Place, failed to convert on a 5-on-3 situation and then allowed a backbreaking short-handed goal with 31 seconds left in regulation that led to overtime and a 2-1 loss in the second overtime.
Going into Game 3 of the Penguins' second-round series against Ottawa Sunday night at Scotiabank Place, Crosby was 71-82 on faceoffs, a success rate of 46.4 percent.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ray Shero announced Saturday that they have signed defenseman Nick D'Agostino to a two-year entry-level contract.
Well, it says prepare yourself for awesomeness. The return of Jason Spezza to the lineup is huge for the Senators .
The Penguins' second-round playoff series against Ottawa relocates to Scotiabank Place tonight, and that means the Senators will have the usual advantages of playing at home, like a supportive crowd and coach Paul MacLean being able to make the final personnel changes.
Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh and Washington's Alex Ovechkin are once again finalists for the Hart Trophy, while John Tavares of the New York Islanders is also in the running for the NHL's Most Valuable Player.
Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza looks on during team practice in Ottawa Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Canada's Eric Staal, shown here after a knne-on-knee collision with Sweden's Alex Edler on Thursday, was diagnosed with a third-degree MCL sprain.
They are the players whose national ink comes in thimbles, not barrels. They get the occasional "attaboy" mention, but after most games they are otherwise left alone by the folks holding microphones or notepads.
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby tends to step it up a notch when playing in the postseason, especially against the Ottawa Senators.
Each remaining NHL playoff team has played at least one game in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Seeking to end their four-year run of postseason disappointments, the Pittsburgh Penguins entered the 2013 NHL Playoffs as the popular choice among many hockey experts to once again hoist the Stanley Cup.
For a brief spot in time, the New York Islanders were the darlings of the NHL . The ne'er-do-well franchise of the past two decades had missed the playoffs in five consecutive postseasons, and failed to advance past the Eastern Conference quarterfinals since 1993.
Start with two NHL MVPs in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Add a future Hall of Famer like Jarome Iginla and a Norris Trophy finalist in defenseman Kris Letang.
Breaking up is hard to do. And so, Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis were back together Thursday as the Penguins top line at practice.