Pittsburgh Penguins Preview Heading into Game 7

Solenn Plantier
Juin 1, 2017

Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (68) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with Erik Karlsson (65) during the third period of Game six of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The Penguins suddenly have three lines operating at full power once more with Sidney Crosby returning to form (two goals, two assists in his last two games), Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel firing effectively in tandem and the just-united trio of Nick Bonino, Carter Rowney and Bryan Rust spurring three goals in Game 5.

May 29: They'll face either the Penguins or Senators in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The victor meets the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night in the home of the Eastern Conference champion. Bobby Ryan's quick release on a one-timer beat Murray in the second period and gave the Senators their first power-play goal since Game 1 against the New York Rangers on April 27.

Head coach Mike Sullivan knows the fourth win in any series can be the most hard to get, especially against the determined Senators.

Despite the big loss, Boucher is confident his team can rebound and force a Game 7 by being smarter with the puck and limiting turnovers.

While Senators goalie Craig Anderson was the hero of night with 44 saves, sharing the lead role was Hoffman. After a coach's challenge, it was determined Daly was guilty of goaltender inference before swiping the puck in the net.

Sparked by the goaltending of Craig Anderson and a blast by Hoffman, they followed through with the 2-1 victory that pushed the Eastern Conference final to a seventh and deciding game.

Also helpful to the Sens cause in edging past the defending Stanley Cup champs in Game 6 were functioning special teams.

Malkin looked like a man possessed Tuesday night in Game 6, and when that happens, it's better to stay out of his way.

When the Senators emerged from a team meeting the day after being pounded in Pittsburgh, they were of the same mind. "I think we're in trouble". After losing Game 5 and Game 6 to the Washington Capitals in the second round, the Penguins shut out their opponent in Game 7.

"We bought ourselves two more days together, and this team just wants to be around each other", Ryan said. "They choose to fight", Boucher said.

No dice, though, as Murray got a little help from the post. "I remember coming back after we lost 7-0, I was driving back talking to (defenceman) Dion (Phaneuf) and he was like, "We're going to get this series" and I was thinking the same thing". This is as good as it gets if you're a hockey player. "That's one thing we've been real good at all year is kind of bouncing back, and keeping an even keel and not getting too low when things aren't going our way", Turris said. However, in the two games that went Over there were only five goals scored in each, but it was the age of 4.5 totals. "He's got a very level and I don't think people are surprised he was able to bounce back and have game like that". The guy in front, might have been Stone, skated right in front right at the release point so I was late picking it up, but he puts a flawless shot going post and in.

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