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Video- You Make The Call

Called a goal on the ice, Senators challenged.

 

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Open Post- Game 6 Eastern Conference Final

The Penguins seem to be on a roll and the Senators look like they have run out of gas.

But this game will go to the team that wants it more.

Do we get a long break, first game of the Stanley Cup Final won't be played until next Monday or do we have a game 7 on Thursday?

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Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, PIT leads 3-2, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

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It’s A ‘Trap’ Game Tonight

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

They have had some frank discussions since an embarrassing 7-0 loss pushed them to the brink of elimination.

Now the Ottawa Senators need to turn those words into action.

“It doesn’t matter how you feel tonight, it doesn’t matter what your intentions are, at the end of the day you have to do what’s right for the team,” Clarke MacArthur said Tuesday before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. “You know, it’s blocking the shots and making the little plays, frustrating the other team, finishing your hits. It’s all those little things combined tonight.

“That will give us our best chance.”...

“I think we’re through with the run-and-gun thing,” added coach Guy Boucher. “We know that. We tried that last game, and we got killed.”

They will attempt to rebuild the Kanata Wall after watching the Penguins smash through with 10 goals in the last two games. The message to the Senators players was that they don’t need to go out and make a spectacular play when the safe one will suffice.

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Seats Still Available In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Like everybody else across the National Hockey League, Eugene Melnyk is mystified.

The Ottawa Senators are only two wins away from a trip to the Stanley Cup final but, as they prepare for Tuesday's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the club’s owner is surprised the Canadian Tire Centre isn’t completely sold out.

As the hours ticked towards the 8 p.m. faceoff between the Senators and Penguins, with Pittsburgh leading the series 3-2, the club was still trying to move a large inventory of seats. A check of the seat map in the building indicated there were a lot of the lower-priced seats in the upper decks still available.

Melnyk is choosing his words carefully because attendance has been an issue all season but he is taken aback by the fact there is no guarantee the building — which has a capacity of 18,572 — will be full Tuesday night.

Nobody is certain how many seats are left for the game but it’s fair to the game wasn’t close to a sellout Monday night.

“It’s very disturbing, however, knowing the players and coaches they will be trying their hardest for Ottawa,” Melnyk told Postmedia.

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History Again For Ottawa?

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

It was four years ago today that Daniel Alfredsson uttered the most memorable two-word phrase in Ottawa Senators history.

“Probably not.”

That was the captain’s response when asked if his team could come back to win against the Pittsburgh Penguins after suffering a lopsided 7-3 loss on May 22, 2013 that pushed the Senators to the brink of elimination.  Alfredsson’s controversial comment turned out to be prophetic, as the Senators lost the next game 6-2 to the Penguins and were subsequently eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And now, history has a funny way of repeating itself.

On Sunday, the Senators once again surrendered seven goals in playoff game to the Penguins and find themselves staring elimination square in the face.

Their head coach, Guy Boucher, is now the one coming under some fire for his post-game comments following the blowout loss in Pittsburgh.

“We know they’re a better team. Everybody knows that on the planet,” Boucher said in his post-game press conference on Sunday evening. “They’re the Stanley Cup champions. They’re the best team in the league. That’s no secret.”

Boucher’s comment had a feint ring of Alfredsson’s tone, which has a polarizing effect amongst the fanbase. Some enjoy the blunt honesty, while others perceive the comment to be tantamount to surrendering.

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A Good Old Fashioned Blowout In Pittsburgh

from Fran Seravallie of TSN,

The Ottawa Senators’ Cinderella season is down to the 11th hour after a Game 5 uglier than any of her stepsisters.

The Senators’ worst game of the season - let alone the playoffs - came at the most inopportune time on Sunday.

Just like that, quicker than a carriage can turn into a pumpkin, the Senators’ 2-1 lead in this Eastern Conference final has evaporated into what feels like a lot larger than a 3-2 deficit.

Penguins 7, Senators 0.

It was so easy that Penguins forward Matt Cullen didn’t even raise his stick in celebration after scoring Pittsburgh’s fifth goal.

The Senators gave the puck away over and over again and the defending Stanley Cup champions poured it on. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were watching the NBA playoffs instead of the Stanley Cup playoffs - where blowouts of this magnitude are a nightly occurrence.

It was so lopsided the Senators didn’t bother to send banged-up players Erik KarlssonDerick Brassard and Cody Ceci back to the bench for the third period.

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Open Post- Game 5 Eastern Conference Final

On Tuesday night, one of these teams will be a win away from the Stanley Cup Final while the other team will be facing elimination.

I want to say Pittsburgh wins today but I don't feel it in my bones.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 3 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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The Ottawa Senators Still Believe

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators were unable to push the Penguins to the brink of elimination on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. With the 3-2 loss in Game 4, the Senators have put themselves in a precarious position as they try to move to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2007.

As far as coach Guy Boucher is concerned, the Senators have already exceeded expectations, so enjoy the moment.

“When you look back on what’s going on right now, I don’t think a lot of people thought it was going to be 2-2,” Boucher told reporters in Ottawa on Saturday. “Our players have got a lot of respect for what they’ve done, what they’re still doing, the opportunity we have. It’s 2-2 (in the) Stanley Cup conference final.

“Let’s go back to September, saying that’s where we’re going to be, we would jump on it. That’s why it’s a great day today.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Back In Their Series With The Ottawa Senators

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If the demise of the defending Stanley Cup champions has been greatly exaggerated, the Ottawa Senators have themselves to blame.

They let them off the mat on Friday night, making this Eastern Conference final a toss-up.

Just when it seemed the Pittsburgh Penguins might have been running out of gas, playing their 204th game since the start of last season, they guaranteed Friday night there will at least be a 206th.

“You can’t expect to come in here and play an average game and go up 3-1 in the series against Pittsburgh. It’s just not going to happen,” Clarke MacArthur said. “We had to have our best game and we fell short of that.”

Instead, the Senators poked a sleeping giant in Pittsburgh’s two-headed monster.

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Open Post- Game 4 Eastern Conference Final

A win tonight puts the Ottawa Senators one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will bring everything they have to even up the series.

Someone has to win, who will it be?

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, OTT leads 2-1, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

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