Facing elimination, Sens plan to stick to strengths in Game 6

Posted June 08, 2017

Tied at 3-3, the two teams are set to face off Thursday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins could get just the boost they need to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. The Penguins lead the Eastern Conference final 3-2 and can return to the Stanley Cup Final with a win.

"It's like a quarterback in football and a pitcher in baseball, and we have it", Boucher added.

"We did a lot of really good things out there". During that stretch, which began last season, he's captured a Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, World Cup of Hockey, World Cup of Hockey MVP, Rocket Richard trophy and back-to-back finishes as a Hart trophy finalist.

"(Crosby) in particular has played in arguably the most high-stakes environments in all different venues - whether it be the National Hockey League, the Olympics, the World Cup", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "If you don't believe that your guys can do it, you don't stand a chance, especially in the era we are today where other teams and other players are so good". "We're aware of that". Notable in a scoreless opening period were two effective penalty kills, one of which saw Viktor Stalberg get the best opportunity short-handed.

"We played a good game", captain Sidney Crosby said. I think the most pivotal player in this game will be Karlsson, because he's got to find his poise under pressure as he has before, even in the small things. "Probably our fore-check creates a lot more".

"We can't beat ourselves, and we got to stick to managing the puck well and making sure that we're not losing three and four guys on either our forecheck or offensive zone", he said. He protects pucks so well, you just have to stay between him and the net at all times. you can't (rush) the puck like I tried to do on that one.

"It's very disturbing, however, knowing the players and coaches they will be trying their hardest for Ottawa", owner Eugene Melnyk told the Ottawa Sun. "They choose to fight", Boucher said. The Senators managed just 51 shots over two games against Matt Murray, scoring twice.

Ryan's second-period goal was scored with the Senators enjoying a five-on-three man-advantage that stopped their power play drought at 0 of 29. Kelly is a centre and Wingels has often lined up on the wing with Ottawa. Ottawa needed just six games to defeat the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers in each of their first two series.

Coming back to topple the Penguins means shutting those efforts down and reclaiming the staunch defensive approach which got the Ottawa far further than anyone could have expected.

The Senators will go back to No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson, who was pulled in Game 5 after giving up four goals on 14 shots.

Boucher recalled the message he delivered before the postseason began.

"You can't change what happens in the past", Anderson said. "And if you can't do that then you're in the wrong business because that's what it's about". The game was keep the ball in the air, and if it hit the ground on your watch, you're out.