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Senators choosing words carefully as they prepare for Penguins

11 May 2017

Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. It was a huge win for San Antonio not just because it puts them up three games to two in the series but also because their top offensive player Kawhi Leonard hurt his ankle in the second half, leaving the game having already scored 22 points to go with 15 rebounds and leaving it up to the Spurs bench players to come through, which they did, most notably Danny Green, who scored seven of his 16 points in overtime to help notch the victory.

This series, beginning Saturday night in Pittsburgh, is the fifth between the teams.

Perhaps I shouldn't be the one previewing an Ottawa series as I'm 0-2 picking against the Senators in these playoffs.

"For us, our structure right now is more important than ever". Anderson recovered from a rough patch in the middle of the series against the Rangers to stop 37 of 39 shots in the clincher.

However, New York could not complete the task at hand.

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Mika Zibanejad also scored for NY, and Henrik Lundqvist had 22 saves. It ended in yet another disappointing fashion as it has year after year. And for 22nd straight year, they begin their summer without a Stanley Cup to celebrate. "It's an emotional and tough loss for everybody - for us and our fans".

Veteran defenceman Marc Methot is among several Senators who have had to overcome issues both on and off the ice to get this far.

According to, NY has 18 players signed to National Hockey League contracts worth US$63.8 million, and has $9.2 million in available cap space. They played a wild game in December in which the Penguins spotted the Senators a 4-2 lead and then scored six goals in the next 32 minutes for the comeback win.

"I think for me, all that's behind me and I'm just focused on the series and focused on the Penguins and that's going to be the goal for me moving forward", Methot said Thursday.

"All you feel is disappointment and it's a numb feeling". Along with his expected goals for, Karlsson's goals for per hour of 2.88 is the second highest on the team, while his goals against per hour of 1.73 is the lowest of the Senators' defense. Fleury, who stepped in for Matt Murray when the Penguins' starter was injured during warmups before the first game of the playoffs, has a.927 save percentage overall this postseason. But there was nothing the NY goalkeeper could do on Stone's goal 1:36 later.

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"We talked about it during the season that sometimes it is not about playing your best game, it is about finding a way to win games". He was a younger, maybe different player then, but they did an exceptional job bottling him up by throwing waves of different forwards at him. But it was Karlsson's goal in the second period that ultimately was the difference-maker. It also finished a chain in which Mats Zuccarello's diving, desperate cross-ice pass to Zibanejad was knocked away, leading to Karlsson's counterattack with Bobby Ryan.

"That's the way it should be", Karlsson said. Teams come to play. "You don't see guys do what he does on a night-to-night basis".

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, NY pulled within one on Chris Kreider's goal 53 seconds into the third.

Kreider had a chance to tie it a little over 5 minutes into the third, but didn't get a clean shot on a pass from Zibanejad. NY pressed in the third, but couldn't score the tying goal. He had the game-winning assist in Games 3-4 vs. Boston and Game 5 vs. the Rangers. "I thought they should have had him on the power play a lot more", Fotiu said.

Pageau capped the scoring with 6.2 seconds left for his sixth of the series and seventh of the postseason.

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