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Game 6 update: Conner in, Feds sits for Pens.


— The Penguins went with a lineup that included RW CHRIS CONNER for Game 6 tonight against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Conner was recalled from the AHL on Friday. Conner had previously played a postseason game with Dallas in 2008. He had appeared in eight regular-season games with the Penguins, his last on Jan. 28 against Ottawa at Mellon Arena. He scored two goals in those games.

— Conner replaced LW RUSLAN FEDOTENKO in the lineup. Fedotenko had returned for Game 5 after not playing in Games 2, 3 and 4.

RW TYLER KENNEDY (lower-body) joined the Penguins on their trip to Ottawa, but he didn’t participate in a pre-game skate. He missed Game 5 on Thursday night after playing less than four minutes in Game 4 at Ottawa, where he was injured early in the second period after colliding with Senators D ANDY SUTTON. Kennedy favored his right leg after he was skated into the boards by Sutton.

— Regular D JORDAN LEOPOLD (head) missed a fourth straight game after he was injured in Game 2 on a hit by Sutton.

— The Penguins went 4-0 on the road last season with a chance to wrap a series.

— With Chicago’s overtime win over Nashville at home earlier today every remaining quarterfinal-round game will be of the elimination variety.

— Road teams are 9-5 in playoff games between the Penguins and Senators. Road teams were 20-20 in the playoffs before Game 6.


Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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