They are 2-0 in Game 7s under head coach Mike Sullivan (both on the road), and have outplayed Ottawa over each of the last three games.
The Penguins opened the scoring early in the second as Evgeni Malkin picked up his seventh of the playoffs, but the Senators tied the game with a power-play goal, its first in eleven games. Game 5 we all know the Penguins thrashed the Sens by a score of 7-0, but Ottawa came back strong in with a 2-1 win in Game 6 notching another Under.
Crosby registered an assist in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the conference semifinals, finishing that series with three points in the final three games.
Mike Hoffman scored the victor and goaltender Craig Anderson came up big to send the Senators - who are trying reach the Cup final for the first time since 2007 - to a seventh game Thursday night at Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena. The victor meets the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night in the home of the Eastern Conference champion.
"I had a decent amount of time to corral it and pick my spot", Hoffman said.
Bobby Ryan also scored a rare power-play goal for Ottawa and Craig Anderson was terrific with 44 saves. "We just keep our same focus and just worry about what we're doing". "We made a decision to shorten down the bench and get ready for the next game", said Karlsson. In Game 6, he dominated, recording a game-high seven shots and 13 faceoff wins, giving him a 72.2 percent success rate at the dot. However, the Penguins are still the more talented and experienced team, and the fact they're at home just puts them over the top even more.
"That's something they've developed individually and as a team, and that's why we're still here".
"Whatever it takes. I think you've got to be prepared for anything, stay in the moment as best you can", Anderson said. They did win the Cup with him in goal last season.
Pittsburgh took a 4-0 lead after the first period, the Penguins' scoring onslaught forcing the Senators to replace goaltender Craig Anderson on his 36th birthday with backup Mike Condon. "You know, if you think the right way and you go into games knowing how to execute, knowing what you want to do, good things can happen". At times they were literally skating circles around the Senators. They can't allow the Penguins to throw 46 shots on goal again. You would hope, obviously, that no team goes into any elimination game with that kind of thinking, but the general consensus from Steel City, at least from Crosby and Sullivan, seems to be that an approach similar to Game 6 will put the Penguins in a good position to steal the series.
"I think if you believe you're beaten, you're done already". Boucher made the move (twice) to protect Anderson when the game was out of reach and it was at that point that the IL native turned the page and started to look ahead.
"It's just a game, but the tough part is to actually take everything out and make it just a game and make it what it is", said Boucher.
The Sens had little cooking until a lengthy five-on-three advantage (1:24) came about just past the midway point of the period. "He's got a very level and I don't think people are surprised he was able to bounce back and have game like that".