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NHL | Senators 2, Penguins 1

25 Mai 2017

ABOUT THE SENATORS: Captain Erik Karlsson (team-leading 13 assists, 15 points), who is playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, is expected to be back in the lineup after receiving a bit of a breather with Sunday's contest well out of hand. He and the Penguins just need one more win to give themselves a chance. We know it's a Game 7 and there's a lot of us that haven't played in one of those at this level. They're not just going to go away.The Caps played extremely well in all areas of the game in Monday's Game 6 victory. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a favorite in the Eastern Conference since they hoisted the Cup up last season, therefore the Senators knew they'd face a tough battle. "And I thought we got that today". "How do you think that after you lose 7-0?"

The plan is pretty simple for Ottawa.

"I think we've got to go there and bore them out of the building", MacArthur said.

"It's like a quarterback in football and a pitcher in baseball, and we have it", Boucher added. "We're winning this hockey game no matter how or what". "We've got to get up and go". "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. "We believe in ourselves to the fullest extent".

So, the fact that Ottawa is 0-5 in franchise history in Game 7s might not mean much. At times they were literally skating circles around the Senators.

Maybe the embarrassment of the loss was what Ottawa needed.

Senators' goalie Craig Anderson has had a storybook season. They simply could not have been worse. I feel like this team, I've never been on a team that reloads as quick as we do and that's what this time of year is all about.

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

The game should be intense and close throughout, with a final score like 2-1 most likely. "That's what we did (Tuesday)". Following Anderson's aforementioned 49-save game against Pittsburgh, he allowed six goals against on 38 shots as the Senators were unceremoniously booted from the playoffs. Additionally, the Penguins had 34 scoring chances, which exceeded the Senators' 14.

Boucher said the Senators opened up early in the Game 5 loss, and that was what got them in trouble. "It hurt our identity because it gave us the false impression that we could go out there and match them offensively".

The Senators understand they're the underdog and that the idea of a Cup final between first-timer Nashville and a Canadian club from one of the smallest markets in the league won't exactly draw eyeballs to the screen. "That's all we're asking for". It isn't the first time, but it needs to be the last time in this series. "As a young player, you always think, 'There's always next year.' When you get to be a guy my age, you run out of next years".

On three occasions Sunday they cycled the puck so effectively that the Penguins were able to make line changes while maintaining possession.

Craig Anderson is the biggest reason for that.

How will you be watching the game?

Fleury was superb again in the 2015-16 campaign, allowing just 2.29 goals per game before sustaining a concussion and missing the start of the playoffs. He finished the game with 45 save on 46 shots, which is his highest single-game save total since recording 45 on April 8, 2014. If you're Pittsburgh, the good news is that you largely dominated, only to be beaten by a goalie at his best.

"I definitely try to make the most of each moment and enjoy it for everything that it is", Cullen said.

But Evegni Malkin would break through moments later, snapping a shot off of Anderson's pads and then collecting the rebound for his seventh goal of the playoffs at 4:51.

"He's the same old Andy".

NHL | Senators 2, Penguins 1