On second thought, we weren't too dismissive of the Senators
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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2008 NHL PLAYOFFS
After a wild race to the finish, the NHL playoffs are set. Heading into Wednesday's opening night, Scott Burnside previews the first round:
• No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 8 Boston
• No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Ottawa
• No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
• No. 4 New Jersey vs. No. 5 New York Rangers
• Vote: What are your first-round picks?