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Adding a layer of drama to the series, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has called Penguins winger Matt Cooke “a goon” after his skate slashed the Achilles tendon of Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson on Feb. 13.

“I don’t think you need much motivation in the playoffs, but I think both teams should be pretty motivated,” Crosby acknowledged.

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AP Sports Writers Jay Cohen in Chicago, Howard Fendrich in Washington, Josh Dubow in San Jose, Calif., and Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.

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