Video: Bobby Ryan crunches Chad Ruhwedel, who has yet to return

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The Pittsburgh Penguins could be facing another injury on defense.

According to reports, Chad Ruhwedel wasn’t on the Penguins bench for the beginning of the second period, after he took a crunching and controversial hit from Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan in the final minute of the first period during Game 4.

As you can see in the video, Ruhwedel remained down on the ice in pain while a scrum ensued along the boards. Ian Cole, who came to the defense of Ruhwedel, dropped Ryan to the ice and was assessed a minor penalty for roughing. That was the only penalty on the play.

With Ruhwedel gone for now, the Penguins — already with Kris Letang and Justin Schultz — will be forced to play with five defenders.

Pittsburgh trails in the series 2-1, but took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Related: WATCH LIVE: Penguins at Senators — Game 4

Bobby Ryan finally ‘getting a reward’ after a difficult regular season

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After a difficult regular season that included injury, time as a healthy scratch and underwhelming offensive production, Bobby Ryan has emerged as a pivotal contributor to the Ottawa Senators during the playoffs.

In 13 post-season games, Ryan has five goals and 11 points. He had only 13 goals and 25 points during the regular season — with a $7.25 million cap hit. He’s in the second year of a pricey seven-year contract.

He was a dominant player for Ottawa in the first round, and on Saturday, he set up Jean-Gabriel Pageau for his opening goal and then scored the winner in overtime, giving the Sens a 1-0 series lead.

On the goal, Ryan chipped the puck out of the zone and then outraced Olli Maatta for the loose puck before making a move to the backhand on Marc-Andre Fleury.

He’s been a different player in the playoffs.

He did admit following Saturday’s game that it took him a very long time to get adjusted to the system coach Guy Boucher put in place.

“Game 82. It took me longer than most,” he said of getting comfortable with the Boucher system. “I had a tough year with the learning curve. I had some growing pains with it, and I think that’s evident. I think everyone is well aware of that.

“I bought in like everyone else on the team and stuck with it. I’m finally, I guess, getting a reward for it by being here. I said before I would trade all the offense in the world to be in … the Eastern Conference Finals, and pretty happy about it.”

For most of Saturday’s game, the Senators were able to frustrate the Penguins, keeping them off the score board until late in the third period. That set up the opportunity for Ryan, as he sped away on Maatta and finished the game off with a beautiful goal.

Erik Karlsson has garnered headlines for being an absolute star for Ottawa in the playoffs. Pageau has provided plenty of heroics. Ryan has put together some dominant performances, as well. What happened in the regular season seems long ago now.

“I just think that he really became a good, solid two-way player, but that’s what we’ve asked of all our players, whether it’s our defensemen or our forwards,” said Boucher.

“Some guys took a bit more time to be consistent at it, but we’ve seen terrific stretches of Bobby the whole year. For me right now, this is just the finishing part, that’s where it’s paying off. That’s it.”

Senators get Zack Smith for Game 4 after all; Bobby Ryan’s in as well

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It seemed like Zack Smith wouldn’t be able to suit up for the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 on Thursday, but that game-time decision went the other way, as he’ll indeed be in.

Smith will take on the New York Rangers while Tommy Wingels is the healthy scratch.

Bobby Ryan was another guy who seemed like a bit of a toss-up, as he was hurt in the same painful loss as Smith. He’s gutting it out, too, as the Senators aim to take a 3-1 series lead against the Rangers.

Check out the full roster report here.

Here is the livestream link for Game 4, which is airing on NBCSN right now.

Video: Bobby Ryan’s absurd behind-the-back, no-look assist

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J.G. Pageau basically won the Ottawa Senators Game 2 with his four-goal outburst.

He stayed hot on Tuesday, too, scoring what looks to be the Senators’ only tally against the New York Rangers. That’s not the sort of production anyone was expecting from the pest.

Even so, Bobby Ryan‘s been every bit as much of a star for the Sens, making his potential injury a serious concern. Without further information, Ottawa fans should try to forget everything about tonight (injury worries included) and just watch Ryan’s patently ridiculous setup to Pageau in an endless loop.

Really, if you’re bored, you might as well watch that a bunch even if you’re not a Senators fan. It was just absurd.

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Tough night for Ottawa in 4-1 loss

Senators lose Zack Smith to injury, Bobby Ryan could be hurt too

The Ottawa Senators look like they might be headed to their first loss of their second-round series against the New York Rangers. Tuesday’s Game 3 might be costly for reasons beyond that.

One we know for sure: Zack Smith will not return to the contest because of an upper-body injury. As you can see from the video above, Smith was shaken up by a big hit via J.T. Miller.

Maybe of more concern is that Bobby Ryan left the ice with a possible injury. He’s been huge for the Senators this postseason after a rocky 2016-17 campaign, so losing Ryan could be a big blow.

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Ryan’s fantastic assist.

Rangers end up winning 4-1.