The Senators' Dion Phaneuf absolutely leveled Bryan Rust with a brutal hit

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Sullivan said he and defenseman Mark Streit would both be game-time decisions but confirmed it's possible he decides to go with seven defensemen.

The team confirmed on Tuesday morning that the trio are all day-to-day with injuries, and will travel to Ottawa with no set timetable for their return. But what I love about this group of players is no one's looking for excuses, everybody's looking for answers. He's helped us win games here down the stretch. "We're fortunate to have the depth that we have and we've relied on it all year-long so this is no different". He has not played since he was injured against the Capitals in Game 5 of the second round.

Streit worked on the Pens' top power-play unit and picked up an assist on the team's lone goal of the game.

"I'm excited", he said. That would allow Streit to take Schultz's place on the power play.

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Schultz registered a career-high 51 points during the regular season and had been leading the team in ice time this spring. Still, that pace can bring about some danger, as Bryan Rust found out when he got Phaneuf'd early in the first period.

Also troubling is Rust's head contact with the ice, likely why he was pulled from the game with concussion concerns at the forefront of the Penguins' mind.

Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A previous version had the wrong Game 2 score.

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