Ryan nets overtime victor as Sens stun Pens in opener
- Author: Julie Sanders May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 16:39
The current holder of the Stanley Cup "Pittsburgh" in the first leg of the Eastern conference finals "Ottawa - Senators" did not pay attention to his status as outsiders, and just went out on the ice and scored an away win.
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) during the first period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final with Mark Stone (61) defending in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey.
Whew, this is going to be a blazing Eastern Conference championship series as the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to make it back into the National Hockey League finals and defend the Stanley Cup.
For a deciding Game 7, however, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said his team can't expect momentum to carry over. "You just want to redeem yourself".
Anderson then got to spend Mother's Day with wife Nicholle and their two children after doctors cleared Nicholle to travel while awaiting the next step in her battle against throat cancer.
Consider the message delivered. With his overtime marker in Game 1, Ryan became the first Senator in franchise history to record 2 overtime winning goals in the same post-season. Ottawa had two early penalties, including a too-many-men call to give the Penguins a 5-on-3 power play in the first period.
"I don't read Twitter", Boucher said.
That's just Kessel being Kessel. Pittsburgh was outshot 31-13 at five-on-five in Game 1, and Kessel still hit a crossbar late in the third period with one of his near-peerless wrist shots.
While Anderson is content to speak softly and let his play do the talking, the guys in front of him are well aware of what his family is going through, circumstances that make his performance all the more remarkable.
"I caught an edge (with a skate in the ice)". "I got fortunate that it found the back of the net". Ryan, who earlier set up Pageau's goal, broke in free and went top-shelf on the backhand to beat Marc-Andre Fleury at 4:59 of overtime to end it.
This victory, however, wasn't the byproduct of 60 minutes of brilliance. He didn't underestimate the shot of Pittsburgh Penguins sniper Phil Kessel, either.
Pittsburgh was held to 18 even-strength shots over the course of its game, with an additional 10 coming during five power plays.
"No one's picking us for sure", Ottawa forward Clarke MacArthur said.
A marked departure from Game 1, as Pittsburgh struggled to generate any sort of extended pressure in a 2-1 overtime loss.
Ottawa is 8-3 SU in its past 11 games.
Ottawa didn't even bother with the whole shooting thing in the first 13 minutes of the final period and instead dropped multiple defenders into shooting lanes to support Anderson and preserve the tie like a soccer team parking the bus.
It was not immediately clear when Ovechkin was injured or how severely.
Dating back to a year ago, the Penguins have won six consecutive playoff series. Before, we talked, Hey theres going to be a little pushback, but it always stays a little fictional because you havent lived it. You name it, they have it. Thats probably as hard a game as were going to get.. "You don't have any other choice".
The Senators last beat the Penguins in the playoffs in 2007.
Betting line: The Penguins opened as -214 favorites (wager $214 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Only once have they lost in extra time. "We won't get excited too much", said coach Guy Boucher.