Senators beat Penguins, force Game 7

We know it's a Game 7 and there's a lot of us that haven't played in one of those at this level. They actually had a decent start and scored the first goal of the game - a 100 percent accurate predictor of who would win in the five games before Tuesday.

In five of their six games against the Senators, the Penguins finished with a five-on-five shooting percentage below 8.6.

"No pressure on us", Hoffman said. "So I think we're going to have a real good one". "We made a decision to shorten down the bench and get ready for the next game", said Karlsson.

"Pretty incredible", said Ryan, who scored the monumental game-tying goal to add to his two overtime winners. Win, then lose Game 7, it's still a profit.

"I think Anderson was the reason that they got this one, he played big for them", Murray said.

On Sunday, the Senators met the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena and everything went wrong.

"We have to win the same way", Boucher said. "We're winning this hockey game no matter how or what". "We're going there to win a game and we're going to lay it on the line".

"We gave ourselves a chance". That said, when given the opportunity the Penguins must play heavy on him.

Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators bounced back nicely two days after a blowout loss put them on the brink of elimination.

The Senators have a chance to do something on Thursday that they have never done before in franchise history.

Maybe the embarrassment of the loss was what Ottawa needed. There are six active players who have produced at least a point per game in the regular season: Crosby is No. 1 at 1.31 per game, Malkin is No. 2 at 1.18. They simply could not have been worse. "So, we have to take each game as it comes, and nothing's been accomplished to this point".

Head coach Mike Sullivan knows the fourth win in any series can be the most hard to get, especially against the determined Senators.

"Last year I expected would be my last, and I really soaked it all in. That's what we did (Tuesday)". He withstood a late push, too, thwarting another third-period Senators rally, with a great stop of a wide-open Erik Karlsson blast from the face-off dot with some ten seconds left serving as an exclamation point on the game.

"It's amusing how people still doubt us", veteran Zack Smith told Cheapseats after the Senators made like Oliver Twist and picked a victory out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' pocket on Tuesday.

Ottawa was looking primarily for a return to structure in Game 6, beginning with a smoother start - which it got.

"Those games are so much fun to be part of", Brassard said. When Friday rolls around, the 40-year-old will either wake up and discuss the Stanley Cup Final opponent Nashville and its goalie Pekka Rinne with his three sons or wonder if Game No. 1,483 was the last of his National Hockey League career. "We can't ask for anything better but we just have to have fun with that".

Last year, it may have been different, since Fleury was the longtime starter while Murray was in his first season.

As the Senators prepare to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday, the goaltender could move into elite company if he can help get Ottawa to the Stanley Cup final. All you want is a chance and they got theirs.

On three occasions Sunday they cycled the puck so effectively that the Penguins were able to make line changes while maintaining possession. Still, Anderson didn't have that one, how-did-he-do-that contest entering Tuesday night. "Any time it's an elimination game, you want to just come out and give it your best effort". Ottawa has been channeling their best defensive play and goaltending from Craig Anderson, to stay strong in the post-season. "When you're a younger guy things just happen in a blur, and you kind of just let things pass you by and no big deal".

  • Julie Sanders