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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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Coach Mike Sullivan Decides On Goaltender Matt Murray For Tonight’s Game

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Any notion that Marc-Andre Fleury will be a Pittsburgh Penguin in 2017-18 just became even more farfetched.

The defending champions will start Matt Murray in Game 4, head coach Mike Sullivan announced, indirectly crowning the younger, cheaper netminder their goaltender of the present and the future.

“It’s a good difficult decision to have, because we have two guys who are as capable as they are,” Sullivan said. “We never take these decisions lightly. They’re extremely difficult decisions.

“We try to make the best decisions that we think give our team the best chance to win.”

The coach declined to explain why he chose Fleury over Murray.

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The Ottawa Senators Appear To Be A Team Of Destiny

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Senators are now two wins away from the Stanley Cup final and looking more like a team of destiny with each roaring moment. 

For a team that has been knocked at every turn and written off before this series even began, there shouldn’t be a shadow of a doubt now that Ottawa is a team capable of carrying Lord Stanley home. 

“You hear it a little bit. Nowadays, it’s impossible to be oblivious to what’s being said and what’s going on,” Mike Hoffman said. “It’s just our system. If people don’t respect it, that’s their own opinion. If we played a run-and-gun game that maybe people would rather watch, then we probably wouldn’t be here.”

Determined to take a more aggressive approach in Game 3, Ottawa victimized the Pittsburgh’s battered defence corps from puck drop, chasing Marc-Andre Fleury with four goals in the first 13 minutes en route to a 5-1 thrashing at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators are 10-1 all-time when leading a best-of-seven series by a 2-1 margin, including each of their first two round wins in these Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We were just alive,” Boucher said. “Our fans love the way we play and they love the enthusiasm our players are displaying.”

In the rout, the Senators not only earned a 2-1 series edge, but created a crease conundrum for the Penguins.

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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."

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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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