Sidney Crosby spent Game 6 getting bullied by the Ottawa Senators

"I think (it's) just the fact that it's coming down to one game, and everything that's led up to now really doesn't matter", Murray said Wednesday.

Game 7 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators for the championship.

The Ottawa Senators survived to force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh after a hand-wringing, nail-biting 2-1 win.

This is a lot of juice to lay in a series that has been back and forth and very tight with a lot of these games being able to go either way.

"We tried to win another way, and we got our butts kicked", Boucher said. The Senators are 0-5 all-time in Game 7s, tying them with the Arizona Coyotes for the worst record in all of North American pro sports. "The other day in the room, we had Burrows talk, even if he's injured".

And that, of course, meant returning to the smothering defence that had served the team so well, even if it had led to wide criticism about the style of play.

"We've got to get on the offence a little more", MacArthur said. It is also the second time in these playoffs the Pens face elimination, having bested the Capitals in game 7 to advance to this conference final. "If you don't trust it now, there isn't a whole lot of hope for you".

Ottawa added another penalty killing win midway through the third period with captain (and elite penalty killer) Erik Karlsson in the box for roughing.

In the latter half of the opening period, matters opened up slightly. "He was a monster for us", said defenceman Marc Methot. He doesn't have a goal, but Malkin does have six assists in six Game 7's.

"I think Anderson was the reason that they got this one, he played big for them", said Murray. The UNDER is 4-2-1 in Pittsburgh's last seven games. The Senators managed just 51 shots over two games against Matt Murray, scoring twice. Stone then swung baseball-style at the sailing puck and nearly scored, putting the puck off the post. Trevor Daley drives Anderson before driving the puck in. After a coach's challenge, it was determined Daly was guilty of goaltender inference before swiping the puck in the net. Malkin stayed with the play to pick up the rebound and deke to his backhand to slide it in for his seventh of the playoffs.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson proved one of the heroes for the Canadians, stopping 45 shots, including 22 of 23 in the second period.

Could Ottawa slow down a Pittsburgh power play that had scored on its last three opportunities with seeming impunity?

"That wasn't a turning point, but a building point", said Ryan.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, left, and Evgeni Malkin have been the NHL's most productive players, regular season and playoffs, in recent years. Pittsburgh has one of the NHL's most successful systems, in my opinion, due to their ability to alternate between defensive and offensive playing systems.

But the Penguins did not cruise their way past the Senators on Tuesday night.

Hoffman stepped up and into a slap shot after taking a drop pass from Fredrik Claesson to score his sixth goal of the playoffs.

By most measures, the Senators were totally dominated in Game 6 at home, getting outshot 46 to 30 and winning just 41.5 percent of their faceoffs. Either they will win or will need to get their golf clubs ready.

A composed Crosby spoke to the media after the game and downplayed what happened.

  • Zachary Reyes