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Sens' Ben Harpur may play in Game 5

By Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

Ben Harpur. (Jean Levac/Postmedia Network File Photo)

Ben Harpur. (Jean Levac/Postmedia Network File Photo)

PITTSBURGH — Guy Boucher wouldn't tip his hand but he may have to make one change Sunday afternoon at the PPG Paints Arena.

While the Ottawa Senators' coach confirmed neither Alex Burrows (leg) or Mark Borowiecki (leg) will suit up for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, there may be a change on defence with the series tied 2-2 and puck drop set for 3 p.m. ET.

It's believed defenceman Ben Harpur, who has been healthy scratch for the last six games but has taken pre-game warmup the last three games, could go into the lineup if one of the blueliners can't play. There were times during the series against the Bruins in the first round that Harpur was solid.

Boucher said the club is dealing with some injury issues.

"We have to wait until after warmup for a defenceman and forwards," said Boucher at his pre-game availability at the PPG Paints Arena.

Because of injury or you're just thinking of making a change?

"Different things that we have to manage," said Boucher.

The Senators are 5-0 in afternoon games in these playoffs and Boucher indicated the players like the change of pace from the regular routine of a night game.

"I don't think there's a magic potion there. We just come to the rink and play," said Boucher. "When you have a whole day to think about a game and let it mingle in your mind it's a long day. It's a normal day when guys just get up, eat and go. There's less to think about, nervousness and you just play the game."

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