Penguins hoping for reinforcements against Senators in Game 5

  • Penguins hoping for reinforcements against Senators in Game 5

Penguins hoping for reinforcements against Senators in Game 5

The deciding game is Thursday in Pittsburgh, with the victor moving on to face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final.

Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf (2), Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) and Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot (3) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. In a game 7, the win can go to anyone and the stakes are high. "Andy was huge tonight again".

"They're obviously still the favourites, for a lot of people", Smith said of Sidney Crosby and Co.

"That's fine with us". "I wasn't so much anxious about rest or fatigue or energy".

"I think what he's done all year, in terms of focus and rebounding and coming up with big saves, I think, is at the forefront of what these guys have been doing", Boucher said. In the lead-up to tonight's game, the mood surrounding the Ottawa Senators could have not been more dour for a team just two wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup; a resounding 7-0 defeat in their last outing and a seemingly dismal crowd for what might have been the last game of the season will do that. Only Evgeni Malkin was able to score for the Penguins.

Here's Kyle Turris pushing Crosby to the ground during the final shift of the second period, which also wasn't called for interference. "I wouldn't say it was anything out of the ordinary". And as Olympic coach Mike Babcock said in Sochi, "Everyone evaluates Sid on scoring and I evaluate Sid on winning".

"He did a really good job of holding it and waiting for that screen to get to the net".

Had it not been for Anderson, the Senators wouldn't have stood a chance going into the third.

If the Senators win Game 7, they'll prove the doubters who wrote them off completely wrong. Although he participated in warmups prior to Pittsburgh's Game 5 win on Sunday, he didn't make it onto the ice and remained sidelined for the team's Game 6 loss on Tuesday. "When you're in the moment, you're just worrying about the next shift". Unlike the Senators, the Penguins are in very familiar territory.

"We want to get on the offence a little more", MacArthur said. "It was honestly just a good, positive talk".

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

The game started out cautiously, but the Senators took a few penalties, a scary proposition after the Penguins scored three power-play goals in Game 5. Then Ottawa caught a break with a two-man advantage power-play. "It's fantastic what not holding on the puck will do".

Rust's three goals in Game 7s are the fifth-most in the post-lockout era. "To see it go in I think we, and the collective community, took a breath of relief".

The 21st overall pick in the 2015 draft, White has played only two National Hockey League regular season games in his career - the first of which came on April. 3.

"You crash sometime in November, December or January", said former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009. There have been several Game 7s for Pittsburgh in the interim on both sides of the ledger, though the Penguins are 2-0 in Game 7s under Sullivan. A 7-0 blowout of Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals was a prompt in-your-face reminder of Pittsburgh's enviable play-making ability, and it gave Mike Sullivan's group a chance to do what it failed to do against the Washington Capitals - avoid a seven-game slog to the next round.