On Saturday - exactly one year since that defeat - the Penguins fell 2-1 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
Bobby Ryan's second overtime goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs was the difference-maker Saturday as the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Final.
After dropping game 1 in overtime, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to even the series with the Ottawa Senators. "Simple as that", Anderson said. Sullivan's Pens are known to adapt quickly in a series, and we know #TheSystem can be beaten with speed as the Rangers did in Games 3 and 4. Game 3 is Wednesday.
The big save kept the Senators in front, and they nearly added another one with about seven minutes left in the period, sneaking the puck past Penguins netminder Marc-André Fleury and into the corner of the net.
The win saw Marc-Andre Fleury become the 12th goalie in National Hockey League history to record 10 career postseason shutouts with his 23-save showing. It's a style that produced both goals in Game 1 and while they went long stretches without testing Fleury, it hardly mattered thanks to Anderson and a little bit of luck.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau has become one of the stars of the playoffs for Ottawa.
"It was a fortunate bounce, right?"
"I think you've got to play the way that gets you here", Crosby said.
Although playoff points leader Evgeni Malkin scored, fellow center and Rocket Richard Trophy victor Sidney Crosby was held to two shots and postseason goals leader Jake Guentzel, one of Crosby's linemates, had one shot. The Senators went almost 19 minutes without putting a shot on Fleury. We know they should, generally speaking, be able to get out of their zone without much problem.
"The third period they stepped it up a notch and we didn't", Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said.
Jakob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen and Ondrej Kase also scored while the Ducks cracked imposing goalie Pekka Rinne with a thrilling surge of four goals in less than 19 minutes. I think he could help us on our power play.
Forecheck, shoot first and go to the net. And not for the first 13:05 of the third period.
So they can see the surge coming because they have experienced it. "We didn't manage it as well".
But Ottawa stood firm through more than two periods and killed off all five Pittsburgh power-plays during regulation.
Bryan Rust took a viscous hit from Dion Phaneuf while skating in the offensive zone, and exited the game after.
"I was kind of lucky that the puck found me", Ryan said. Whether it's shooting pucks or getting guys in that area to get rebounds, create traffic and screens and things like that.but I think they're pretty committed to protecting their net and being there. "So if it's there, I'm going to step up". A little later, defenseman Justin Schultz appeared to hurt his right arm or shoulder going into the end boards behind the Penguins' net. There was no immediate update on the injured players.
Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it.
At the first intermission, Pittsburgh's lead on the shots clock was 8-6.
Indeed, no cares were given until about 5:35 left in the third, when Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin spun and tipped the puck backhanded past Anderson - tying the game at a goal apiece.
"I don't know if it's that we're comfortable with it", centre Zack Smith said as the Senators enjoyed a day away from the ice in Pittsburgh Sunday.
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