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

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PRE-GAME NOTES

— 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.

— BY ROB ROSSI, from OTTAWA

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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