Penguins Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion in Game 4
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 16:06
That should make them the logical favourite now - as the Vegas oddsmakers had the Pens, even trailing 2-1 in the series.
But there's no time like the present, especially after what we've seen from him in 2016-17.
After scoring a total of three goals through the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Penguins offense, behind Sidney Crosby netted three in two periods on Friday.
He looked sharp from the start by making big stops on Derick Brassard and Viktor Stalberg early as the Senators poured on the early pressure and it allowed the Penguins to get their feet under them. You can't argue about his passion and heart, and the sacrifices he's made, not to mention how hard he plays on both ends. The Senators have done well at 5-on-5 against the Penguins, holding a 9-4 advantage in goals through four games, but they're going to have trouble putting away the series if they can't score on special teams. The TV cameras caught a frustrated Karlsson upset with centre Kyle Turris after a power play in the second. "I don't think we showed up in the first, and then after that we played better. That's the choice we made". We gotta start with that and it will eventually come. We've been in a bubble all year long in that respect, in terms of what we wanted to do, what we wanted to be, and what our identity should look like.
The Penguins took their second too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty of the game with 34 seconds left, but the Senators couldn't capitalize with the goalie pulled.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan slept on his goaltending decision not once, but twice before declaring Murray the starter this morning ahead of tonight's Game 4. Chances are good, in fact, that Ottawa will keep trying to win as it did in Game 1, with a low-scoring affair that highlights its stingy defensive work.
The Senators managed to get one back at 18:22 of the second when Bobby Ryan passed from the right-wing boards and found MacArthur for an easy tip-in.
Penguins' Phil Kessel (81), Chris Kunitz (14) and Jake Guentzel (59) celebrate the winning shootout goal against the Edmonton Oilers in March. The Senators faithful weren't happy with their team's effort and had a right to be upset because this wasn't the performance anybody expected with so much on the line.
And when Murray went down, Fleury stepped in and was at a.924 save percentage in these playoffs, with people in an out of the organization calling him the team's best player.
Sidney Crosby getting to the front of the net for an important goal.
A goal late in the first period by Maatta on Anderson, and certainly one he'd like to have back, gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
The Senators' scoreless run on power plays continued. For Maatta, it was his first goal of the playoffs. His third goal of the playoffs was the Sens' first of the night. We never take these decisions lightly. The star center scored a crucial power-play goal to extend the Penguins' lead, and posted his first multipoint game of the series when the team needed it. The Pens have the luxury of having two elite goaltenders and head coach Mike Sullivan has done a great job dealing with the situation. Murray stopped 19 of 20 shots in relief.
Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night. "Our team has to do a better job tonight of having that start, but also go out there and play with that urgency we need so that we don't fall down 3-1".