Rejuvenated Pens one win from Cup final

Maatta, who scored his first career playoff goal in Game 4, struck again for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead at 8:14 of the first period when sent a slap shot past Anderson's blocker from above the left circle.

"I think we just got to focus on our game and making sure we play the right way, and give ourselves a chance to get one there", Crosby added.

It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Win, and it's back to Pittsburgh for a Game 7 that will decide which team moves on to the Stanley Cup final. Senators coach Guy Boucher said Karlsson - along with Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci - were all rested in the third period because of the score as much as their health, but the specter of Ottawa's top player finishing the game on the trainer's table resounded as much as the 7-0 final. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.

"It doesn't do us any good to dwell on it".

The Penguins might already be there.

NOTES: The Senators went 0 for 4 on the power play and are 0 for 29 in their last 29 chances with the man advantage. They took away time and space from all the Ottawa players, their [defensemen] were up in the play and then caused that first turnover.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray started for the second consecutive game.

"I think that was a big part of our success previous year was that we had all four lines going and chipping in offensively", forward Matt Cullen said.

Rust watched Games 3 and 4 while recovering from a concussion suffered during an open-ice collision with Dion Phaneuf in Game 2.

Head coach Guy Boucher hinted at either White or veteran Chris Kelly drawing into the lineup if the club opted to dress 12 forwards and six defencemen against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. It collapsed in the first period on Sunday, as turnover after turnover kept giving Pittsburgh the kind of chances that makes it such a hard out this time of year.

The Pittsburgh Penguins played the role of party pooper Sunday on Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson's 36th birthday. Anderson then allowed his fourth goal of the day, a backhander from Scott Wilson with 1:43 left in the opening frame.

But in reality, Boucher has been playing the underdog card throughout these playoffs and his post-game comments on Sunday are merely the latest example of that trend. There's a big cheer from the appreciative crowd when they are spelled by Rust, Bonino, and Carter Rowney, and imagine how gassed the Senators' skaters were compared to those fresh legs.

Boucher didn't think his team could stave off elimination for the first time in these playoffs by relying on emotion, but needed a return to the form that helped them skate by the Bruins and Rangers and into second spot in the Atlantic division during the regular season.

I have no doubt that that's true, but embedded in that question was an observation about the series through the first three games - one Sullivan knew as well as anybody. "When I saw where the game was going, he didn't have to live that", said Boucher. It's just one of those bad days.

Boucher also added that defenseman Mark Borowiecki, who has not played since Game 2 of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins, is "possible" to play on Tuesday while forward Alex Burrows is not as likely to play. The margin of victory was the largest in a conference final since Detroit beat Colorado 7-0 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin played in his 141st postseason game, surpassing Jaromir Jagr for the most in franchise history.

The Penguins continue to be without their two best offensive defensemen in Kris Letang (herniated disc) and Justin Schultz (upper-body). F Conor Sheary was a healthy scratch.

Malkin got the secondary assist, his playoff-leading 21st point.

Ten goals in the last two games is a sign that it's working. His truck broke down on the way to the rink.

  • Julie Sanders