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National Hockey League roundup: Senators force Game 7

27 May 2017

He knows thats not exactly the case.

"He's one of the best shooters in the league", Murray said of Hoffman. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote about the Penguins' advantages heading into Game 7 and quoted head coach Mike Sullivan on his team's play during this series.

Ottawa was facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs. Ottawa last scored a power-play goal in Game 1 of a second round series against the New York Rangers.

Anderson carried the Senators to Seventh Heaven on Tuesday night, stopping 45 shots to deliver a 2-1 win over the defending champion Penguins one game after he was yanked on two separate occasions when he allowed four first-period goals. Then off the other, not that you could hear any of the clangs beyond the bedlam created by those who believed.

For the first time against the Senators in this series, and possibly for the first time in these playoffs, the Penguins looked like the team that won the Stanley Cup last season.

No pressure or anything. Really. The Senators werent supposed to be here. No team has repeated in almost two decades and at times during the season and even during the playoffs this group was too beat up. Too exhausted from last spring's Cup run. The bullseye on their backs too big. He kept the Penguins alive in several contests against the top-seeded Washington Capitals, and a shutout in game seven propelled the squad to a series win. Pittsburgh comes into tonight's game 61-26-13 overall and 37-7-6 at home.

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To arrive at only their second Stanley Cup final in 25 years, the Senators must not forget their identity.

The Pittsburgh Penguins blew away the Ottawa Senators, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon in as dominant a performance as you will see in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

But when everything started to click, and they saw what the results of Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 structure could produce, the inkling gained traction.

"I think we've got to take the positives from it".

Notes: Pittsburgh forwards Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl and defenseman Justin Schultz have been ruled out for Game 4 with injuries. Getting to the final for the fourth time in less than 10 years would be a remarkable feat on its own for the Cole Harbour, N.S., native and a rarity in today's parity-infested National Hockey League. Boucher smartly used a "coach's challenge" to have the play reviewed. Not even a pulled goaltender in the dying moments could get this one back.

Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh, vying for its second straight trip to the Stanley Cup finals, the lead early in the second period and Matt Murray finished with 28 saves.

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Chances are, even with a monster outing for Karlsson, the Senators are not going to have another five-goal night against the Pens. To be successful, they don't really have a choice.

"We got together and aired some stuff out", defenceman Marc Methot said. It's the only game all year that will end with the Prince of Wales Trophy presented - but not handed - to the winners.

To a man, the Penguins were happy with the way they played.

"And I think we're in that position right now where it's a great day for our group to show what we got in front of our fans, and I think our fans have seen what this team has done all year through adversity, and how many times we've bounced back".

Just dont confuse adrenaline with nerves. "That's fine, we'll play that role", Smith said.

Game 7 offers the Penguins and their stars the opportunity to cement their legacy while the Senators can complete an improbable run to their sports biggest stage. Sidney Crosby had perhaps the best chance to tie it from right in close with fewer than five minutes to play but Anderson got his blocked on the one-timer. "We can't ask for anything better than this, but we just have to have fun with that".

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National Hockey League roundup: Senators force Game 7