Penguins want more shots at winning against Senators

But the Senators did something the Capitals never could - open a lead in the series on the reigning champs, beating the Penguins 2-1 on Bobby Ryan's goal in overtime.

Let's get this out of the way right now.

The ocean continues the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

As the final score indicates, the goaltenders picked up where they left off after Game 1 went into overtime tied at one.

It's also possible the Penguins looked at this matchup on paper and felt as though they were the superior team.

The familiar position doesn't have them very concerned. They owe it to each other and to their fans to do what it takes to win as many games as possible. And, believe it or not, that takes some adjustment. The trick is to adapt enough to overcome the obstacle, but not so much that you undermine what makes your team effective. He's winning us games. We just really keep the same approach. I think five-on-five, I think we're double the shots, or something like that. Coach Mike Sullivan also stressed the need to shoot more rather than looking for a flawless setup.

Boucher deflected away a pre-game question about the injuries to the Penguins defence - "They didn't seem very vulnerable to me (against Washington), to be honest", he said - but the playoffs are an incredibly tough grind for the most seasoned of performers.

A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel gets past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Pittsburgh. It was something Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made certain to address during the team's video session on Sunday.

"Yeah, I obviously got off to a rough start", said Schultz.

"Obviously, when you've got stars like Crosby and Malkin and Kessel, I mean, those guys are not just good at speeding up the game".

The Senators last beat the Penguins in the playoffs in 2007. While it might not be firewagon, exciting hockey from an outsider's perspective, it is what the Senators need to do to win and it was nothing if not effective. "We've been dealing with injuries this season and last season and there's always got to be the next guy who steps up". So the speed is going to have to start there.

It was the type of punch back the Senators were expecting from the defending Stanley Cup champions, but they had no answer, and now head home all square.

Is the extra work to less experienced defenders possibly catching up to them?

"For the most part, we find that the most fun", Ottawa centre Kyle Turris said of going to overtime. They need to get more pucks on Pekka Rinne. Crosby wasn't great; Malkin often skated into traffic; the Penguins were still that close. The Penguins are 1-1 in overtime. The game tips off at 8:00 PM EST in PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh and can be watched online live on FuboTV. Some good goaltending by Anderson and eight blocked shots by Ottawa's defense prevented all of those shot from going into the net.

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight.

Coach Guy Boucher steadfastly has embraced the underdog role in the postseason to the point that he virtually squeezed the life out of the subject. And it might even be worse because they have such high-end players.

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