A brief history of Senators vs. Penguins in the playoffs

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins have a rivalry, on and off the ice, that will make this playoff series intriguing.

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins have a rivalry, on and off the ice, that will make this playoff series intriguing.
They’ve met three times in the playoffs, the Penguins losing twice and winning once.
In 2007, with general manager Bryan Murray behind the bench, the Senators began their run to the Cup final by beating the Penguins in five.
That was, however, the last year that the Penguins would be pushovers.
When the teams met the next year, the Penguins won the opening-round series in four. Two years later, in 2010, they would bump the Senators in six.
But there’s also been a history between the teams off the ice in the postseason.
Who can forget the verbal wars between Murray, both as general manager and coach, and Sidney Crosby?
The first battle was in March, 2007, when, from the bench, Murray accused Crosby of diving on an interference penalty to Mike Comrie.
Crosby responded with words that demonstrated he needed his mouth washed out with soap, said Murray.
“Crosby is one of those young people, and rightly so, that the league is promoting as the example of the new NHL and that, and when he turns – I’m sure he’s on camera quite often – using the language he does, I don’t think it’s something you should do, that’s all,” said Murray.
Crosby denied he was yelling at Murray.
“I might have said, ‘What (expletive) are you looking at?’” he said.
“Maybe, I don’t remember the exact (wording). I’m sure I use the odd swear word when I’m on the ice. But by no means was I targeting Bryan Murray to try to start something.
”(He) doesn’t mind talking on the bench, let’s put it that way. It’s not the first time (he’s said something to me). That’s just the way it is.
“If he wants to say that I’m disrespectful to him – if he feels he wants to do that – that’s fine.”
The next skirmish happened in November, 2011, when Crosby elbowed Nick Foligno in the head.
The Penguins said Foligno had it coming because he ran Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Murray said Crosby, who had just returned after missing 10 months with a concussion, was a hypocrite who preached about the need to eliminate head shots while still delivering them.
Crosby said the criticism was ridiculous and Murray was only trying to put him off his game.
“He’s been doing that since my first year so that’s nothing new,” said Crosby.
This should be fun.

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