We've purchased grocery store flowers that lasted longer. "After the game, we were fine".
"He's played so well for us", Matt Cullen lamented.
"It's tough when you give up that many goals in the first period you don't really give yourself or your team a chance in the game", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
The Penguins made shooting more of a priority coming into Game 2. Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots before getting the hook, but he is a big reason why the Penguins are where they are.
"We were right there", Anderson said.
The series heads to Ottawa for Game 3 Wednesday night.
"I haven't even given any consideration to that at this point. Sometimes we lose our minds for a couple of shifts, but after we have a rest in the commercial break and we talk to each other and we start playing the same way".
You can't win 'em all, I guess. The Penguins are just. playing through it.
"We're going to need that from everyone".
The Ottawa Senators dominated from the opening faceoff to regain control in the Eastern Conference Final.
Do-everything defenseman Kris Letang is out for the season after having surgery on his neck and Trevor Daley remains out with a lower-body injury of his own.
Phil Kessel, sniper by reputation, had gone three games with no points, and he had just one point, a goal, in his previous five games. "So we use our assets and that's what works".
That was the prevailing sentiment in the losing room.
On the flip side, Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was terrific again. Senators lead 5-1. The Penguins weren't the least bit pleased with the way they performed.
Streit will be at his best as a replacement for Schultz on the power play, which is 0-for-11 in the last four games. It's about how we played. Betting against Crosby has historically proven to be a poor choice, and no one really wins long-term trying to get the better of No. 87. Somebody said they wanted to be in front of you more.
"The offence comes down to winning battles".
"We've got to know what we are, and we've got to know what we're able to do". "We're workers here. We don't decide which system is put in place". You have to fight. "To be able to say that right now in the conference finals is pretty hard to stomach".
The inflated 5-1 final score was a shocker, but themes are bubbling to the surface.
That same defensive dominance was showcased Wednesday with Craig Anderson holding down the fort in the net, slipping up only on a late Crosby tapper off a shot from Phil Kessel, and Erik Karlsson and the Sens' defensemen touting active sticks to thwart any semblance of an early Pens rally.
Down the stretch of the regular season, his fewer than 14 minutes of ice time with Ottawa ranked for his fewest minutes seen since his second season back in 2006-07.
"It can be frustrating". "We have a lot of guys who know their team, know what they have and what they can do". "When a team stymies that and makes it hard to keep the puck on your stick, it can get frustrating". They'll live or die by them.
The Senators captain has been a force to be reckoned with and has been one of the best performers in the entire playoffs.
Fleury has two shutouts this postseason, his first in Game 7 at Washington, where he saved 29 shots and willed the overmatched Penguins defense into the conference final. The Penguins managed 29 shots on the night, though majority were less exciting than the crowd would have you believe.
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