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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.

Again.

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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The Results Will Come

from Bobby Ryan of The Players' Tribune,

Before training camp started last September, I sat down with Coach Boucher and for about two hours we talked hockey. Some of it was specific to our team, but much of it was a broader discussion about hockey philosophy. What makes a good team tick? What causes a talented roster to fail? How do you construct a consistently good power play?

He told me that if our team was going to succeed, we needed reliable “net guys.” For his system to work, he needed players who could do the dirty work in front of the goalie and behind the net in order to set up chances. I agreed with it, but didn’t realize he was implying that he wanted me to step into that role. Once training camp began and he started putting me in those situations, it became clear that I was going to need to alter my game pretty drastically.

That wasn’t easy for me to do. For most of my life, I’ve been asked to make plays by floating to the outside and putting pucks on net. Suddenly I was being asked to be more physical and screen goalies to help set up chances for other guys.

That meant fewer scoring opportunities for myself, which, for most of my career — and according to people at the grocery store — me not scoring has meant failure. There were stretches this year where I’d be doing everything the team asked of me, and doing it fairly well, but I wouldn’t show up on the score sheet for four or five games at a time. At one point, I went 16 games without a goal, which felt awful.

But I stuck with it, because I knew that I was part of something more. I had seen what this team was like when I was a sniper and honestly, it wasn’t bad… but it also wasn’t great. In that first meeting, Coach told me that things were going to change around here, and that if I was willing to buy into it — to truly buy in and change the way I played the game — the results would come.

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The Ottawa Senators Are Rolling And The Pittsburgh Penguins Need More Shots

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Twenty-four years ago, destiny was clearly calling the Canadiens, who won a record 10 games in overtime — with seven different overtime goal scorers — en route to the title. The 1993 Canadiens also remain the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup.

Now, does anyone out there believe in history repeating itself?

Here come the Ottawa Senators, fast writing a story that verges on plagiarism.

When Bobby Ryan burned past Olli Maatta in overtime and scored the winner on Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Senators the early lead on Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference final Saturday, it marked Ottawa’s sixth extra time victory of the playoffs.

Ryan has scored two of the overtime goals, with Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Turris netting the others.

When the Canadiens entered the third round of the playoffs in 1993, they, too, had won five games in overtime.

From there, the ridiculous run of good fortune and the unexplainable — defenceman Eric Desjardins capped a hat trick performance by scoring in overtime — continued.

At this point, anyway, there also appears to be something special in the air for the Senators — Pageau capped his four-goal performance by scoring in overtime — when the puck drops for overtime.

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from Bill West of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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Bobby Ryan’s Big Moment

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If you listened close enough, you could almost hear it, omnipresent above the groans and grumbling of yellow-clad Penguin fans as they filed out.

No question about it, the voice cheering loudest for Bobby Ryan’s overtime winner came from above.

Hours before maybe the most difficult holiday of his young life, Ryan delivered a magical Mother’s Day present for his late mom, who passed away unexpectedly last July after a brief battle with cancer.

Melody Stevenson was surely beaming with pride as her son raced around Olli Maattaand shovelled a backhand over Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulder to become the first Ottawa Senator to ever score two overtime goals in one postseason. Ryan saved it for the biggest stage of his career, his first appearance in an Eastern Conference final.

Senators 2, Penguins 1.

“It felt great, obviously, to come through,” Ryan said. “An important and crucial moment, I guess.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Drop Game 1 To The Ottawa Senators

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

For one of the few times since he took over as Penguins coach, Mike Sullivan spoke and his players didn’t respond.

“We just have to be ready to refocus our energy and reinvest ourselves into this series,” Sullivan said of his preaching to his team before Game 1 Saturday night of the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators. “We can’t dwell on the past. We’ve got to turn the page … It always starts with an attitude and a mindset. We can’t ease into this. We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to play from the drop of the puck.”

The Penguins were not ready, the result a hurtful 2-1 loss at PPG Paints Arena on Bobby Ryan’s goal at 4:59 of overtime. It is the first time they lost consecutive home playoff games during the Sullivan era. They were skunked by the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the previous series.

This defeat wasn’t all that unpredictable – and not just because the Senators came in with a 5-1 overtime record in these playoffs. The Penguins were coming off their tense 2-0 win against the Capitals in Game 7 in Washington. It is hard to get right back up emotionally for the start of the next series despite the best of intentions.

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Video- HNIC Opening Montage Eastern Conference Final

Two minutes long.

 

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Video- Clarke MacArthur’s Journey

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet with a moving feature on Clarke MacArthur.

 

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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Everttime I doubt the Senators, a little voice from my brain says Boucher.  Yes, Guy Boucher has formed the Senators into a team which plays well together.

I won't doubt him again.

Feel free to discuss tonight's game.

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7 p.m., CBC, SN, TVAS, NBC

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The Game Plan For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

So, how can the Penguins transfer what they did Wednesday against the Washington Capitals — their best performance of the playoffs and featuring perhaps their best third period of the season — to Game 1 Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena?

Captain Sidney Crosby felt the Penguins were so effective in Game 7 against Washington because they attacked.

Some of that involved coach Mike Sullivan’s tweaks at practice the day before, exhorting his defensemen to be more aggressive and for the team as a whole to get back to playing more of a speed game. But the players were the ones who put it into practice.

“We were on our toes. We moved our feet,” Crosby said. “The situation is important, too; in a big game like that, you’re playing that way, you’re not sitting back. I thought that was something we were able to find in that game, another level of desperation that we were probably missing a couple games prior. We need to keep that.”

Skating blindly, however, won’t do the Penguins any good against Ottawa because of its 1-3-1 system, which has leveled the playing field.

The Senators (212-214) were the only NHL playoff team with a negative goal differential. Their Corsi For Percentage (CF%) of 48.6 was 15th. Ottawa loves to let opposing teams make mistakes. Then, the Senators pounce, usually with defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is among the best at his position.

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The Ottawa Senators Won’t Change Their Game

from Bruce Garrioch at the Otttawa Citizen,

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That, in a nutshell, was the message Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher gave the players Friday morning as they met for the first time to talk about the approach to taking on the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the East final Saturday night at the PPG Paints Arena.

Hey, it worked for the Senators in Round 1 when they sent the Boston Bruins packing in six games and it was the right tonic to send the New York Rangers into an early summer with a 4-2 series win in Round 2, so why would Boucher change a thing?

Yes, there are areas that have to improve, but in the big picture it has looked pretty good.

“Stay humble, keep doing what we’re doing, it’s working, but at the same time we know how good the team over there is and we’re not taking them lightly,” said centre Zack Smith not long before the club made its way here.“We’re not overconfident. We beat two really good teams but Pittsburgh is going to be the best team we meet yet.

“Basically, (the message) was keep doing what you’re doing. I’m not saying it would be easy (for this to happen), but you win two rounds and you might get a little big-headed. We have a pretty mature group in here and that will keep that from creeping in.”

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