Penguins vs. Senators: Game 7 prediction

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"No pressure on us", Hoffman said. Mike Hoffman then got the game victor early in the third period.

"So, yeah, you just do what you need to do". 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.

If the Senators win Game 7, they'll prove the doubters who wrote them off completely wrong. "We're going to try to do our best to deny scoring chances". I think, if you believe you're beaten, you're done already.

And one shouldn't be surprised if No. 71 plays a big role in helping his team win Thursday.

The plan is pretty simple for Ottawa.

"They're so competitive", said Penguins winger Carter Rowney.

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa's Bobby Ryan exchanged goals in the second period.

But this team has repeatedly rebounded after being written off in these playoffs, most recently in this series. Senators head coach Guy Boucher challenged it, though. At times they were literally skating circles around the Senators. It wasn't a ideal game, but at this stage all that matters is the win.

"I just really think you have to enjoy it".

"We gave ourselves a chance". Ryan Johansen won't magically get to play just because they get a week of rest rather than a few days. So we're playing good hockey teams, and these guys, they're playing with their backs against the wall.

Although he participated in warmups prior to Pittsburgh's game five win on Sunday, he did not make it onto the ice and remained sidelined for their loss on Tuesday. The 35-year-old struggled through Games 4 and 5 - yielding seven goals - but it was evident early that he had his game back.

Maybe the embarrassment of the loss was what Ottawa needed. Pittsburgh also returns home, where it won 75.6 percent of its games during the regular season. They simply could not have been worse.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson might not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking of the top backstops in the game, but he's better than you'd think. "To see it go in, I think we in the sense, community, took a collective breath there because it was overdue". "That's what we did (Tuesday)".

Could Ottawa score on a power play of their own for the first time since.well, since the second round against the Rangers?

Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. "We don't want to give up that much zone time".

The Caps played extremely well in all areas of the game in Monday's Game 6 victory. "That's all we're asking for". Senators goalie Craig Anderson can be just as tough when he's on his game.

"It doesn't matter, they're not going to change their minds", Sullivan said.

The Senators and Penguins will face off at 8 p.m. ET Thursday night at the PPG Paints Arena. There just may not be a 1,484th National Hockey League game for Cullen. The Lightning, with Mathieu Garon and Dwayne Roloson splitting the net warily, missed the playoffs the next season and Boucher was sacked the year after that. The Senators haven't been able to string together success in this series, and Pittsburgh has a history of lighting Anderson up, especially the last game he played against this team on the road.

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  • Julie Sanders