Pens drop game 1 to Ottawa in OT

Gwen Vasquez
May 18, 2017

They had to kill off a two-man advantage for a span of 45 seconds awarded to the Penguins. Only once have they lost in extra time.

"They scored late in the third and I loved the reaction on the bench", he said. I catch an edge, it's in the net. He has excelled, however, in the postseason, now with five key goals and six assists. "Zero-zero hockey game. It was one of those defensive battles where you just didn't know what bounce was going to be the difference". "That's all I'm trying to do".

For the moment, let's concede the fairly obvious: With Crosby and Malkin - the 2016 and 2009 Conn Smythe Trophy winners, respectively - the Penguins own the NHL's greatest 1-2 punch at centre.

Having said that, it's only one game. "The guys are used to it".

Despite a shortage of goals, Game 2 certainly wasn't boring.

The Penguins started the night leading the playoffs with 41 goals, an average of 3.4 per game.

The Penguins had every reason to be confident.

The Penguins were coming in hot.

Ryan had 13 goals and a career-low 25 points in 62 games during the season but he now has five goals and 10 points in 13 playoff games.

Ottawa has produced a balanced 4-4-4 record in totals betting during these playoffs. "This is the team that beat the No. 1 team in the league".

Boucher said that his team's concentration would be on "the first ten minutes of this game".

The Penguins were doing everything right. The Senators went almost 19 minutes without putting a shot on Fleury.

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At this point, anyway, there also appears to be something special in the air for the Senators - Pageau capped his four-goal performance by scoring in overtime - when the puck drops for overtime.

Special Teams - The Ducks haven't scored in 21 consecutive power play opportunities, including an 0-for-4 effort in game one.

That ruined goalie Craig Anderson's shot at his second shutout of the playoffs. Hornqvist's shot rang off the post. "Do I think we played our best game last game?"

That and the Penguins' vaunted speed are their best weapons against the Senators. He took a attractive no-look backhand pass from Ryan in the slot and Pageau fired it by Fleury on the glove side at 14:32 to silence the crowd.

As a result, Ottawa killed all five Pittsburgh power plays, including 45 seconds of 5-on-3 play, and did not allow a plethora of risky chances around the net. Pageau had 12 goals during the regular season. He didn't underestimate the shot of Pittsburgh Penguins sniper Phil Kessel, either. Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Craig Anderson had spectacular games on Saturday.

"We're looking for that next play instead of putting pucks at the net", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

The Penguins find themselves chasing - a position they managed to avoid in series victories over Columbus and Washington. He smothered point shots, deflected deflections and froze scrambles. It may not be fun hockey, but their slow-down, keep-play-to-the-corners style frustrated the Penguins all game.

"It doesn't matter who we play against or how good they are, we're aware of their strengths", coach Guy Boucher said Sunday. "Obviously, our best penalty killer was [Anderson]".

"We understand, they wait", Malkin said. He was a one-man wrecking crew for a large portion of Game 2, starting with his open-ice hit on Rust in the first period.

The Penguins seem curiously disengaged.

Finally, however, the Penguins caught a break.

Then it was Ryan early in overtime, but the hockey team from the Canadian capital was still reluctant to turn the Penguins' earlier tweet on its head: Two big market American cities (Boston, New York) down, one to go. "We've got to make good decisions". "They need one chance, two-on-one or three-on-two to score".

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