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Will Chris Neil Find A New Home?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It's the end of an era.

Chris Neil has suited up for his final game with the Ottawa Senators, Postmedia has learned.

In a move that won't surprise many — Neil played a limited role under coach Guy Boucher last season — the Senators have informed the 37-year-old rugged right winger he won’t be back next season.

As a result, Neil will test the market as a unrestricted free agent on July 1. He would like to play another year.


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Video- If You Missed The HNIC Opening Montage For Game 2 SCF

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Watching Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2017 – Last night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 double-overtime thriller on NBCSN, in which the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, set major viewership and digital records, and continued the trend of strong results for the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to Fast National Data provided by The Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics.

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Quest To Repeat Continues For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

It took a couple of overtimes against a relentlessly resilient Ottawa Senators team, but the reigning champs will get their shot at a repeat.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game to beat the Senators 3-2 in double overtime during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It sets up a Stanley Cup finals in which we'll either see the first back-to-back Stanley Cup winner in the salary-cap era or the first Stanley Cup in the history of the Nashville Predators franchise.

How it happened: The Penguins pressured consistently in the third period and both overtimes, but Senators goalie Craig Anderson was outstanding again until the Kunitz goal. Anderson finished with 39 saves.

A big moment came when the Penguins got a third-period power play on a soft call on Dion Phaneuf, who was called for interference on Phil Kessel. The two former teammates had been going at it all series, and Kessel ended up getting the better of his good friend in this case.

Just 25 seconds into the power play, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz beat Anderson in large part because of a nice screen from Kunitz, who played his best game of the series. Game 7 was the first game for Schultz since he was injured early on in Game 2.


Below, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, plua game highlights and Mike Sullivan post-game too...

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From The Side Of The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators played with heart, but lost a heartbreaker.

The pain was evident by the looks on their faces in a quiet dressing room.

The Senators were unable to claim what would have been the first Game 7 in franchise history as Chris Kunitz scored his second of the game, a double-OT winner, to give the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win to capture the Prince of Wales Trophy and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Instead of hosting Game 1 of the Cup final Monday night at home, the Senators will head to the the Canadian Tire Centre on the weekend to pack their bags after the most successful season in recent history that included playoff wins over the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

“It’s heartbreaking because you know the nature of the business side of things and you know the group will never be the same,” said winger Bobby Ryan. “It’s heartbreaking. You realize we’ve got two days together here and then we’re gone for the summer.

“We didn’t want it to end but they came up one shot better.”

This was a great game in every way, shape and form. You really had to wonder if it was ever going to end as both goalies came up big. Kunitz beat Craig Anderson high to send the crowd into hysterics at 5:09 of the second overtime


Below, video of a few of the Ottawa players post-game...

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

It's on the Stanley Cup Final for the Pittsburgh Penguins after defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in 2OT.

The Penguins will host the Nashville Predators for the first two games (Monday and Wednesday).

The game-winning goal from Chris Kunitz is below...

added 12:09am 5/26/17, Video of handshakes added below too...

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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Final Between The Ottawa Senators And Pittsburgh Penguins

Who's picking Ottawa besides me?

Feel free to comment on the game.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, series tied 3-3, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

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An Opinion Piece From Eugene Melnyk

from Eugene Melnyk at the Ottawa Citizen,

It was hugely disappointing to see that Don Brennan, a veteran member of our Ottawa sports media establishment, has chosen to single me out as the root cause for empty seats during our spectacular playoff run.

This has been too good a moment for our team, our city and our fans. I won’t ruin it for them, nor our organization, by trying to counter the bully claims this journalist has made.

Not many expected us to make the playoffs, let alone the Eastern Conference finals. It has been an incredibly positive time for Ottawa – and for all Canadians – to see us persevere and come within five wins from bringing Lord Stanley’s coveted Cup home to Canada.

That Cup has always been my singular focus as the privileged owner of our hockey team. I have made it one of my core priorities to ensure we ice a competitive hockey team every year and that we do so with the resources we have. But our playoff success this year is no one person’s doing. I couldn’t possibly name all of the people in one letter.

And similarly, if there are empty seats in our building during these playoffs, it is certainly unfair to point the blame squarely on any one person – especially me.

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Penguins One Win Away From Another Appearance In The Stanley Cup Final

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Those who have experienced it say it goes in phases. After you win a Stanley Cup, it's a summer of celebration. Then comes a regular season in which an inevitable rough patch emerges when exhaustion kicks in.

"You crash sometime in November, December or January," said former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009. "You don't have any energy. You're walking zombies."

But the best champs persevere and then the playoffs arrive -- another phase and a new life.

"I remember thinking that no team is going to be able to beat us," said forward Dan Cleary, part of the most recent team to advance to consecutive Stanley Cup finals when the Detroit Red Wings did it in 2008 and 2009. "I wasn't so much worried about rest or fatigue or energy. Your tank fills up immediately."

The long playoff run has a way of being unforgiving about draining that tank. Since Cleary's Red Wings fell short of winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, no reigning champion has made it back to the finals.


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Ready For Game 7

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Guy Boucher remembers. “It still hurts, I’ll be honest with you,” he says 2,188 days after the fact. “That’s the non-excitement part of it.”

Game 7. Sixty minutes, and perhaps a few more, to decide who plays for the Stanley Cup.

There’s magic built into that equation because every single person with a stake in the outcome has literally spent time in a driveway or basement dreaming about a chance like this, and now it’s at hand. But … there is also a but.

“I look back, you know, it was the Boston Bruins back then,” said Boucher, the Ottawa Senators coach, of his previous dance across a tight-rope with no safety net. “It was a tough game. It was 0-0 with seven minutes left in the game. It was quite a game and a lot of pressure. What I remember most is the excitement of an opportunity that very few people get in their lives, and I’m part of that.

“I can’t be blessed more than that.”

That’s how the Senators felt coming into Pittsburgh for one last shot at the defending champs. Blessed. They have had a crazy season – one marked by personal torment and collective triumph – and it’s all on the line Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.


added 9:22pm, from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

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