Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

  • Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

All the Senators have to do to reach the Stanley Cup Final for just the second time in franchise history is take down one of the league's marquee franchises on the road in a building where they were beaten by a touchdown last time out. Coach Mike Sullivan said feisty winger Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Justin Schultz could return from upper-body injuries.

(AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar). Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Murray, right, makes a save on Ottawa Senators' Mike Hoffman (68) during the third period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Coming off a 7-0 loss in Game 5, the Senators did a lot of soul searching when they got together Monday in Ottawa. He brought the Canadian Tire Centre to life with his game-tying power play goal at 13:15 of the second period, floating into open space after causing confusion in the slot for a one-timer that beat Murray to his right post.

It all comes down to Game 7 tonight at 8PM ET when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Facing elimination for the first time this postseason, Craig Anderson and the Senators weathered a relentless Penguins attack that piled up seven goals two days earlier and emerged victorious on Tuesday, pushing their roller-coaster series to an all-decisive final game.

Down to their last out, the Ottawa Senators plan on retreating to the style that brought them to the Eastern Conference finals.

"I think it's the measure of our team". Ottawa rebuilt itself on the fly this season in coach Guy Boucher's first year.

"Obviously, we're disappointed in the result but I don't think we can get discouraged by that", Sullivan said.

On the other side of the ice, Pittsburgh has to feel confident about their chances going into Game 7. The Pens looked unsafe on several occasions with the man advantage, most notably on a 4-on-2 after Viktor Stalberg and Zack Smith had just had a chance on Matt Murray, but the Ottawa penalty bent without breaking. "He played well, I've got to give him credit, but I know we've got better". "But it also made us also realize that we have to do a lot of things a little bit different and we have to be a lot better".

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Those Red Wings, by the way, fell to the Penguins in seven games. Boucher urged his team to concentrate on defense in Game 6 following the blowout loss.

Going into Game 7, the Penguins are minus-105 favorites to win the Cup, while the Preds are slightly behind at plus-115. They played much better, without stating the obvious.

The Senators did a good job cleaning up loose pucks in front of Anderson for most of the night, but the Ottawa netminder rarely had time to breathe. The Pens outshot Ottawa, overcame some spotty officiating that, to be fair, went against both sides, and they mostly looked dominant in putting the pressure on Anderson.

"We chose to shorten the bench a bit and come back (fresher) for the next one", Karlsson said.

Going forward, the Penguins will stick to the same script in an effort to get back to the finals for a second straight year.

Condon was in net for the start of the second period and he was greeted by Matt Cullen's tip-in of a pass from Mark Streit at 1:54 for a 5-0 Penguins lead.

"But, we know the game plan, sticking to our system and trying to shut them down as best we can to give ourselves the best chance (to win)".