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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.

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Why The Empty Seats In Ottawa?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

It must be Eugene Melnyk.

The only logical explanation for fans negatively stealing so much of the spotlight from the Senators unexpectedly wondrous ride through the playoffs has to be a growing, general contempt for the team’s owner, for one reason or another.

That must be the main reason why, in the hours leading up to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, there were still so many tickets available.

It was sad how the prospect of empty seats at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night was a hot topic that overshadowed the fact the Senators were one of just three teams still with a shot at winning the Stanley Cup heading into Tuesday night.

Can you imagine? The Senators still in contention for the NHL’s most prestigious hardware on May 23? They didn’t even make the playoffs last season. Not many thought they would this spring, either. Especially when they lost their No. 1 goalie for long periods of time while he helped his wife fight cancer, not to forget a likeable leader to an 18-month battle with concussion problems.

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There Will Be A Game 7 Between The Ottawa Senators And Pittsburgh Penguins

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There will be a tomorrow for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators have forced a dramatic Game 7 to decide which team will represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup final after they scored a clutch 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, sending the crowd of 18,111 — just short of a sellout — at Canadian Tire Centre into hysterics.

Yes, the East final will go the distance.

With the Senators trying to get to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2007, Mike Hoffman scored the winner early in the third period and goaltender Craig Anderson came up big, sending the series to Game 7 on Thursday night at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena. The victor will will face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup final, starting Monday.

“We wanted to force Game 7 and that’s what we did — especially in the second period,” forward Zack Smith said. “Andy was huge tonight again. He’s the difference.”

Smith said he knew people thought they were finished.

“That’s fine with us. I feel it’s been that way for most of the year and playoffs. That’s fine, we’ll play that role,” Smith said.

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The Better Team Lost Last Night

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins did everything they needed to do Tuesday night against Ottawa to advance to the Stanley Cup final — except actually win the game.

They fired 46 shots on the Senators, they had fewer giveaways and they dominated faceoffs. They were the better team Tuesday in the 2-1 Game 6 loss and they clearly are the better team overall.     

The Penguins ran into a hot goaltender in Craig Anderson and thus lost a game they should have won. Now they must regroup one more time and get ready for Game 7 Thursday.

This wasn’t a case of the Senators outplaying the Penguins. The Penguins let one get away and they know it. They know they should have won this game given how well they played. And they weren’t afraid to say as much after, which bodes well for Thursday.

“We played a good game,” Sidney Crosby said. “We probably deserved better but that happens sometimes. We really did a lot of good things in this game.”

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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?

The comment section is yours, use it if you would like to.

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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