Senators Offer Penguins Extra Motivation
Stevenson, Chris, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A picture is worth a thousand words and, in this case, most of them are of the unprintable variety.
"Awful," was the way one Senators player politely put it Sunday.
In what is surely one of the stupidest and most ignorant moves going, somebody with the Senators' organization decided to cover a wall near the Penguins' dressing room in Scotiabank Place with a large mural. It's a photo of the Senators shaking hands with the Penguins after the Senators eliminated them in their first-round matchup last spring.
It's positioned so it is about the last thing the Penguins will see as they make the turn from the main hallway to enter their dressing room.
It's right in an area where the visiting teams have been known to play their warmup game of "Keep Up," bouncing a soccer ball around from player to player, trying to keep it from hitting the ground.
"That's what they'll be looking at when they play soccer," said another player, with a shake of his head.
As if you need to give a team any other reason or motivation to want to beat you at this time of year.
The photo smacks of arrogance -- unearned by this franchise, frankly, which has been a notorious underachiever at this time of year and has little reason to look down on any other or rub the noses of opposing players in defeat.
The mural is part of a freshening up of the area around the dressing rooms, which included a classy makeover of the hallway leading from the Senators' dressing room to the ice. Fans likely will get their first look at it tonight on the big screen at Scotiabank Place when the Senators make their entrance. The walls have been covered with themes incorporating the laurel leaves from the club's logo. There is a glass sliding door that will part to allow the players to make their entrance, during which they will pass by a big, backlit shield by the bench. …