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On second thought, we weren't too dismissive of the Senators

Updated: April 10, 2008, 11:46 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- As the hours ticked away before Pittsburgh and Ottawa began their first-round series, we wondered: Had we been too dismissive of the Senators?

Yes, they had horrific injuries and backed into the playoffs, but they are still the defending Eastern Conference champs. They still have elite players Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and two-time Cup winner Cory Stillman and a defense that was rock-solid a year ago.

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