Senators chase Fleury in a victory

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

It will be because Sullivan believes he gives the Penguins the best chance to bring the series back to Pittsburgh deadlocked 2-2. Henrik Lundqvist is a vocal goaltender in NY and Derek Stepan had to tell him to "chill" in Game 5 against the Senators in the opening round.

The Penguins traveled to Ottawa for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final at the Canadian Tire Centre and it only took until the midway point of the first period for the game to officially turn into a tire fire.

In the case of the Penguins, the big concern now is offence. Crosby and Phil Kessel each notched their 15th point of the playoffs, but Ottawa took the game by a 5-1 score.

Game 3 should be incredible, as both teams are intent on taking the lead. bet365 Sports has taken a special interest in the NHL Playoffs this year and are offering attractive odds that bettors can capitalize on numerous odds and betting markets available throughout all of the series'. If anything, his outburst was simply the physical manifestation of Sullivan's order to stop looking for the flawless shot and just start peppering Anderson looking for a sliver of space. "The chances have been there".

"We have to get to the front of the net a lot harder", he said. "We gave the puck away and it gave them momentum in our own zone". We've just to go stay with it.

Crosby has been around awhile. How many coaches have the luxury of deciding between Stanley Cup winners?

"The next step is to convert", he said. "So I put that one behind already, and I'll be ready to go". The Penguins will have the excuse of missing a trio of injured defensemen (when don't they?).

The total has gone over in only two of the Penguins' last 10 home games in the month of May.

There's little question that Crosby, the 2016 Conn Smythe victor, and Evgeni Malkin, the 2009 Conn Smythe victor, are feeling the heat to raise their games and carry their team. "We've got to have more pressure - of course you're going to have it at the end of the game". Sid and I understand that.

"We're going to need that from everyone".

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The Ottawa Senators dominated from the opening faceoff to regain control in the Eastern Conference Final.

I said above history doesn't truly matter in determining the answer to a forward-looking question, but I do think there is a telling illustration. Just from my perspective the "out of sight out of mind" type of recency bias is in play.

The crowd was delirious throughout the one-sided win and all the more so when their team got under the skin of the Penguins. "Just in front of our fans, I think we've got a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy".

Home-ice advantage has been a misnomer in the playoffs, with road teams going 30-23.

Through 40 minutes, the Senators held a 5-0 lead on the Penguins.

Accused of playing boring defensive hockey, the Ottawa Senators showed they have, at the very least, a split personality.

"We've done a better job of transitioning", said Boucher. "They have great defencemen, who help their forwards".

There was never any chance the Senators would become "Canada's Team" just because they're the last Canadian club standing in the National Hockey League final four.

A Bounce Back Performance from Rinne Sunday's five goals on 27 shots for the Ducks was the most any team has gotten past Pekka Rinne this postseason, but don't expect that to happen again. "We played a solid, intense game, kept them to the outside, but I think they spent a little too much time in their zone". While a lot of that isn't too meaningful now, it's likely some regression is coming sooner than later, Fleury hasn't really ever shown he was capable of carrying a super-high save % for a long stretch of time (sans the 2008 playoffs of nearly a decade ago when he did have a.933 sav% in 20 games).

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