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Penguins fire on all cylinders in Game 5

22 Mai 2017

Dumoulin's first goal of the playoffs at 11:30 of the second was a lucky one.

That all changed Sunday.

The Bruins bowed out in six games in the first round to the Ottawa Senators as we all remember and they even had the built-in excuse that they were missing three of their top-four defensemen for pretty much the balance of the series once Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and Brandon Carlo went out with an assortment of injuries.

As the Senators noted, they're in good shape and nothing has been decided.

And finally, finding a way to make the Penguins pay for taking penalties might be the biggest key for the Senators to come home with the series lead.

The Penguins look like they have found their speed that won them last years' Stanley Cup. "They certainly did. We know that it's unacceptable and we have to move on". "Obviously, seven in a game is a lot, but at the same time, we know we have enough skill and we're a really good group, so we can definitely do that in a game".

Bryan Rust, Phil Kessel, Matt Cullen and Trevor Daley all got in on the action, pushing the Pens into football territory with goals spread across the game's three periods.

Ottawa will have to be aggressive on the forecheck, with a bruised and battered Penguins blue line that could feature 6 left-handed shots with half of them playing on their off-side. Two minutes after that, the door was shut on Scott Wilson's goal. 4-0. They should be looking to generate much more offence in order to get a step up on these pesky Senators. Still, they stressed the importance of finding a way to keep it going in a series that saw the teams alternate wins and losses through the first four games.

The Penguins' zone time was also their best defense. It made it tough for them to generate chances and sustain time in their own zone.

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray picked up his second career post-season shutout, making 25 saves.

"We held onto pucks in the offensive zone, played in there and exhausted them out pretty good", Maatta said. I don't think it was the defining goal ...

Prediction: Take the Penguins to win tonight.

Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins responded the way they've always responded since Mike Sullivan took over as head coach almost 18 months ago: like champions.

That tactic paid dividends last round, when Karlsson was sat down early during a blowout loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4 and delivered two strong performances to close out the series. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Mike Hoffman has 47 shots on goal.

While it didn't look good on Anderson to get pulled on his 36th birthday, he wasn't the only one by a long-shot to blame. "I think it trickles down our bench". Crosby, who had a goal and an assist, is directly behind him in the number two slot with 19 points.

"All of a sudden the gas didn't work and the power steering went out in the middle of the highway".

"I feel that the animosity level is getting a little bit higher, the competition", Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf said.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals back-to-back seasons.

For the Senators, however, it is now very clearly do-or-die time in Ottawa, which will play host to Game 6. "Tip your hat to them, they were good and we were not on our game". Everybody knows that on the planet.

Yet when you watch the teams play against one another on the ice, and when you look at all of the underlying numbers (mostly the shots on goal and the shot attempts), it is clear that the Capitals have completely dictated the pace of the series and have been the better team.

Penguins fire on all cylinders in Game 5