Penguins even series 1-1 against Ottawa

WASHINGTON DC- MAY 10 Goalie Marc Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center

That said, Pittsburgh, with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel both ranking among the leading point-getters so far in the playoffs, should be competitive on home ice. But the circumstances for the next man to step up have become, well, ridiculous. Anderson stopped 28 shots for the Senators, who host Game 3 on Wednesday. None, again, went past him. He could help us get out of our end zone. It looked like the Senators' horrendous third period was a result of Pittsburgh having more energy in their second home game and Ottawa simply not attempting to attack aggressively enough. "Obviously, it's an emotional game, there's ups and downs, and we found a way", said Kessel.

"We're a resilient group". We've been there before.

"It tells me a bunch of guys are invested and they want to win".

Now with the series returning to Ottawa, after seeing how the Penguins can adjust to match the Senators' game, the pressure is on.

RW Patric Hornqvist was scratched Monday after leaving the pregame warmup early.

The Penguins stayed on the attack despite some heavy hitting in their attacking zone by Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf, whose thunderous check on Bryan Rust coming through the middle with the puck at 4:58 of the first period knocked the Penguins forward out of the game.

Technically, Rust left with an "undisclosed injury" because the National Hockey League decided long ago it cares more about gamesmanship than truthfulness. I think that's how we make progress.

Senators - LW V. Stalberg (Questionable, lower body), D M. Borowiecki (Out Indefinitely, leg). The 1993 Canadiens also remain the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. Ottawa won 2-1 in overtime. The Senators went almost 19 minutes without putting a shot on Fleury.

D Justin Schultz appeared to hurt his right arm or shoulder falling into the end boards behind the Penguins' net on Monday. "He really helped us win games down the stretch, so if Mark is the guy we go to, we know he can continue to help us win games". It's definitely one of those.

Losing Schultz for a prolonged period would be hard for the Penguins.

As good as the Ryan trade is now for Ottawa, it has been superb for Anaheim as Silfverberg had 18 points in the 2015 postseason and this year is tied with captain Ryan Getzlaf for the team lead in goals with eight, one behind Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel for the most in the playoffs. When he was with the Philadelphia Flyers this season, only Shayne Gostisbehere got more time on the power play among Flyers defensemen than Streit's 2:31. Bad stuff can and will happen, but if you stick to the formula that has provided a fair measure of success, you will win more often than not.

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Pittsburgh has been playing without Letang the entire playoff run.

The Ottawa Senators were thrilled to leave Pittsburgh with a split in the first two games after starting a series on the road for the first time in these playoffs.

The result? exhausted legs. "He wanted the puck back", said Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey.

This time, it eventually caught up to them.

Passed over in all of this is Fleury, who had his second shutout of this postseason in goal for the Penguins.

The Penguins managed just 17 shots during five-on-five play while the Senators had 32. "You play two games and you score, like, two goals".

Added one Western Conference scout via text: "I think he will be fine".

Kesler vs. Johansen I outlined ahead of game one that the Ryan Kesler vs. He has witnessed enough of those exchanges and understands exactly why Kessel might be upset when he's not seeing the puck enough on the power play, especially when the Penguins are struggling with the extra skater, as they have in this series. I don't think so.

"But that's good for us". In Game 2, however, the Pens were swarming in the offensive zone.

"Wait", he said playfully of how he bided his time. "We don't let too much go to our head".

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