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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Now Down 2-1 To The Ottawa Senators

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The final chapters still need to be written, of course, but Wednesday night, for the Penguins, the genre shifted from fairy tale to horror story.

Marc-Andre Fleury gave up four goals and was pulled before the game was 13 minutes old, the team's defensive structure crumbled to pieces and the Ottawa Senators cruised to a 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Senators lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Friday night in Ottawa.

"We should be a little bit embarrassed, the way we came out and the way we started this game," winger Chris Kunitz said. "We need to come in with more urgency and more jump every single time we step on the ice. Nothing's going to be handed to you or given to you. Nothing's going to be easy."...

Immediately following the game, coach Mike Sullivan said he hadn't yet considered who he would start in Game 4.

With Kris Letang done for the season and Justin Schultz now out with an upper-body injury, the Penguins came into Wednesday's game without their top two puck-moving defensemen. The remaining defense corps had its roughest night of the postseason.

"We've dealt with it all year long. Are we worried about it? Not really. We don't have a choice," Sullivan said of his personnel situation on defense. "That's just the reality of the circumstance, and it's nothing this team isn't accustomed to. We've been dealing with this all year long. Kris Letang played 40 games for us this year. We had to find ways to win without Tanger for half the season."


Game highlights are below...

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Videos- if You Missed The First 13 Minutes Of Sens/Pens

Senators lead 4-0 after one period.

All four goals...


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Open Post- Game 3 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Making this one quick, Ottawa wins tonight.

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, series tied 1-1, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

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Despite Injuries To The Pittsburgh Penguins, They Continue To Play On

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby had a conversation this morning at a University of Ottawa ice pad with the latest candidate to quarterback the best power play left standing in these unpredictable, injury-riddled playoffs: Mark Streit, who has been warming the Penguins’ bench for 38 days.

Streit is the savvy 39-year-old puck mover GM Jim Rutherford scooped at the trade deadline from bitter intrastate rival Philadelphia, with a primary assist from Steve Yzerman.

He has more than 800 games of experience when you count his 31 post-season appearances, and was brought in for his depth. But who knew the defending champs would have to reach this deep to patch up a blue line that is in shambles?

“He hasn’t actually played, so I was giving him an idea what we’re looking for and kinda seeing what he sees out there too,” Crosby said of his conversation with Streit, who point-manned the first power-play unit at practice.

The Penguins enter Game 3 without Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist, and, most importantly, defenceman Justin Schultz (all three skated and are day-to-day with upper-body injuries).


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A Hockey Play?

from Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Sadly, a hockey play is also what Dion Phaneuf's open-ice walloping of Bryan Rust must be considered. It was "clean" in that it was within the rules that are drawn up by league general managers.

The NHL will be better — or, at the very least, closer in resemblance to hockey as it should be played — when its rulebook is drafted by a group of former skilled players, a group to which GMs rarely have belonged. Also, the NHL will be better — or, at the very least, not laughable — when its on- and off-ice officials begin taking seriously the issue of head safety.

The NHL does not.

Instead, at all levels associated with the NHL, there continues to be disgusting victim shaming ("Rust was skating with his head down" was a common comment during Game 2) along with shameful attempts to brainwash the general public into believing that all is well.

Players' heads may no longer be hunted, but they're certainly not protected. So, nope, all is not well.

Which is no way a suggestion that all is wrong. There remains a lot to like about the hockey being staged into May in the National Hockey League.

But it's not good enough to pass off the hits this postseason that have taken out Crosby and Rust as "hockey plays." And that's entirely because those plays need not have a place in hockey.

The problem with the NHL is it hasn't figured out that the Stanley Cup playoffs are always best when "hockey" is actually being played.


If you missed the hit on Rust, watch it below and still no update on Rust who did not return to the game.

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Phil Kessel Does What He Does

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz insisted he couldn't remember what right wing Phil Kessel was yelling about on the bench in the second period. But Kunitz was sitting right next to Kessel. He even laughed as he squirted water into his mouth.

How could he not remember when it apparently was pretty funny?

"I don't pay attention that much," Kunitz said, smiling.

Why not?

"Phil is always yelling," he said, laughing.

Kessel certainly was during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena on Monday. He was also the only one who did any scoring.

Kessel's goal, his sixth of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, second in the past seven games, with 6:55 remaining in the third period stood up as the difference in a 1-0 win against the Ottawa Senators.

"We could have had a couple more, but he's a good goalie," Kessel said of Ottawa's Craig Anderson, who made 28 saves. "Got to find a way to score on him, and fortunately got one."

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Momentum Swings Back To The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators will have to settle for the split.

What choice do they have?

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins put the Senators in their place by winning a 1-0 decision Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to tie the Eastern Conference final, 1-1, as the series shifts back to Canadian Tire Centre for Game 3 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel, who had been frustrated most of the night, broke the scoreless tie at 13:05 of the third period when he picked up his own rebound off a Jean-Gabriel Pageau blocked shot and beat Craig Anderson with the only goal the Penguins needed after completely dominating the Senators in the final 30 minutes.

This might have been the easiest shutout of Marc-Andre Fleury's NHL career. The Senators went a span of 18:53 between the second and third period without even recording a shot on the Penguins netminder. If the game plan was to hang on for dear life, the Senators nearly performed it to a tee until Kessel played hero.

Suddenly, the momentum has moved in the direction of the Penguins. And the Senators are going to have to find an answer quick, because this performance wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination.


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Video- Dion Phaneuf Hit On Bryan Rust

Rust went to the room.



That hit reminds me of Scott Stevens on Slava Kozlov, watch below...

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Open Post- Game 2 Eastern Conference Final

Just like last night, the home team certainly does not want to go on the road down 0-2.  So expect a much better Penguins team tonight.

Comment if so inclined.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, OTT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN

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Before The Puck Drops On Senators/Penguins

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Zack Smith was searching for the right word to describe the attitude that the Ottawa Senators embody in Guy Boucher’s disciplined system.

He paused.

“Stinginess,” Smith said, “I guess would be a way to describe it. 

It is a stinginess that the NHL hasn’t seen since the New Jersey Devils of a decade gone. It can be an ugly way to play, but to the delight of fans in the Ottawa Valley, the Sens are proving its effectiveness.


The Pittsburgh Penguins knew what was coming against the Senators, yet by the end of Game 1, some of their stars were already showing visible signs of frustration from playing against the kind of staunch defensive front they haven’t faced in two long playoff runs. 

“We definitely noticed,” defenceman Cody Ceci said of Pittsburgh’s frustration. “That just means we’re doing a good job. We try and take it with a grain of salt. We just kind of step back, keep playing the same way. Try not to focus on them too much, just focus on ourselves.”

Most teams talk about focusing on themselves, but the Senators mean it. It’s not hyperbole. Winger Bobby Ryan estimated that 80 per cent of Ottawa’s game plan revolves around their own approach, with only 20 per cent centred on their opponent. 


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