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Volchenkov and Phillips Proving Early On To Be Crosby’s Kryptonite

Senators’ duo stymies Sidney in opener
Adam Kimelman NHL.com April 14, 2010

It’s no surprise, then, that the Ottawa Senators made slowing the Penguins’ captain a large part of their strategy going into the start of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

The shock was that they were able to accomplish their goal. Every team goes into games against the Penguins looking to slow down Crosby — but the stats show how tough a task that is.

Led by defensemen Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips, the Senators held Crosby without a shot until 6:17 was left in the game. Crosby had 3 assists, but only one came at even-strength.

“That was the plan, to shut Crosby down,” Volchenkov told NHL.com. “Every time Crosby jumped on the ice, it was a quick change and me and Philly (Phillips) jumped on.”

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