Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, is taken to the ice by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had home ice as overwhelming favorites in their Eastern Conference finals opener Saturday, but the Ottawa Senators owned Game 1, a 2-1 overtime victory for Guy Boucher's underdogs.
"We're expecting Crosby at his best the next game and Malkin and Kessel and those guys, and it's going to be very, very, very, very hard", Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said.
Bobby Ryan, who had an extra gear all night, caught Maatta flat-footed in overtime, bursting past the Penguins defenceman to score the breakaway victor.
How they did it: Ryan won it in overtime, the Sens' sixth overtime win in the playoffs.
"That just shows you how easily the momentum can turn", Smith said. Now I'm getting to redeem myself a little bit. "That's all I'm trying to do".
The Senators improved to 6-1 in overtime during the playoffs.
Not that it seems to bother Ottawa. And though the Game 7 loss was probably one of their worst games of the playoffs, it is not like they were a no-show in the playoffs.
"There's a lot of things to like but it's just one game", Boucher said.
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Ryan has scored two of the overtime goals, with Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Turris netting the others. Their defense was out of this world, holding Washington to only six shots on goal in the third period.
"I think once we got down 1-0, you kind of nearly felt it", Oshie said. The Penguins are 16th among 16 playoff teams, controlling 42 per cent of all shot attempts at five-on-five.
Those were a few of the only highlights in the second, which ended the same way it began: with the Senators up by a lone goal. They would stand behind their net waiting for a forecheck that simply wasn't coming.
The Penguins only had 72 hours to recharge following a draining seven-game series against Washington.
Kessel had 23 goals and 47 assists in 82 games during the regular season.
The Senators got on the board at 14:32 in the first period. Hornqvist hit post to start the power play but from there the Senators did a good job limiting Pittsburgh's chances on Anderson. Just two days after finishing off Edmonton in the second round, Anaheim struggled to keep up at times with the more-rested Predators. "We've been dealing with injuries this season and last season and there's always got to be the next guy who steps up".
The Senators focused not on creating extended pressure on Fleury but instead taking advantage of Pittsburgh's mistakes. He made a quick move and beat Fleury on a backhand to the high far corner, a great move from a suddenly great goal-scorer.
Evgeni Malkin tied the game for Pittsburgh with 6:35 left in regulation.
I couldn't bring myself to watch too much of the Senators two series so far (somewhat because the league is stupid and scheduled the two Eastern Conference second round matchups at the same time).
"We know that we can have a really good chance of winning games", Ekholm said.