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Three Periods: An inside look at the Penguins-Senators series

Three Periods: An inside look at the Penguins-Senators series

Pittsburgh has one of the most talented rosters left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they continue to be outshot, evidenced most recently in game one against the Ottawa Senators, a 2-1 loss.

After Pittsburgh scored with just over five minutes to play in regulation of Game 1 on Saturday, Ottawa winger Bobby Ryan ended it with a nifty goal just minutes into the overtime period.

When Bobby Ryan burned past Olli Maatta in overtime and scored the victor on Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Senators the early lead on Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference final Saturday, it marked Ottawa's sixth extra time victory of the playoffs.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins aren't quite ready to surrender their title to the Ottawa Senators.

It's Ryan's fifth goal of these playoffs.

"Starts in the playoffs are huge", Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler said.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their Eastern Conference final against Ottawa with a 1-0 victory in Game 2 on Monday night.

Teams that win the first game in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 456-208 (68.7%), including 9-3 this year. Hornqvist hit post to start the power play but from there the Senators did a good job limiting Pittsburgh's chances on Anderson.

Anderson then got to spend Mother's Day with wife Nicholle and their two children after doctors cleared Nicholle to travel while awaiting the next step in her battle against throat cancer.

Anderson finished with 28 saves but received little help in front of him.

"Andy played great for us", said Karlsson. "I just think we have to recognize where the opportunities are on the rink to create, and there's going to be some situations where we can't. He's been our MVP". "They can get something out of nothing, and that's why they're stars". The Senators, however, have embraced coach Guy Boucher's neutral-zone clogging system and found a way to slow Pittsburgh down in the process. "We just did the ordinary well and we stuck to it". If the Pens don't come out and blow the Sens out in game two, I would be very concerned if I was a Pens fan. It's not entirely unfamiliar territory.




The Penguins beat the Senators 1-0 Monday to even up this series at one game each. Pittsburgh has won three of four and three in a row.

"Sometimes when you're turning the puck over at the blueline that's when they feast because they've got so many skilled players over there".

It didn't matter if it was 5-on-4 or 5-on-3 in Game 1, the Pens just couldn't get anything going.

And maybe a slight adjustment of mindset.

"(In Game 7) we had a level of desperation we missed in a couple games prior, we need to keep that", Crosby said. It's a style that produced both goals in Game 1.

The Senators got on the board at 14:32 in the first period. It wasn't an anomaly but the latest iteration of a troubling trend Sullivan has watched up momentum in recent weeks. "Simple as that", Anderson said.

The Senators anticipate Pittsburgh tweaking its approach.

Give the Ottawa Senators credit for exposing the fragile health and questionable depth of the Penguins defence en route to yet another overtime playoff victory. Ottawa also knows it has the Penguins' full attention.

But Bobby Ryan, who was a big factor in overtime wins against Boston in the first round, came through once again, slapping the puck cross ice and beating a Olli Maata to backhand it by Fleury.

"We're keeping everything internal, staying away from clippings and all that kind of stuff", Ryan said.


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