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The Anaheim Ducks Are Prepared For Game 4

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

Focusing on the process, not the result, has given the Anaheim Ducks the ability to bounce back from all kinds of adversity this season.

They're counting on their resiliency to help them in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Ducks are behind 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

"We found that when we took on the mantra that we had to be better than we were the last game, it just relieves the focus on the outcome vs. the process," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday. "What did you have to do in the game within the game? Was it your forecheck that made the difference? Was it your defensive-zone faceoffs? Was it your power play? Your penalty killing?

"Then look at the game that way vs. looking at the result. We're always going to focus on the process first, then the results should take care of themselves."


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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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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the first period between Ottawa and Pittsburgh, standing up for your teammate, the play of the Nashville Predators and Sidney Crosby communicating.


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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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NHL Short Notes

The Senators scored four goals in the first period – including three in a span of 2:18 – en route to a 5-1 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. Ottawa improved to 5-2 at Canadian Tire Centre during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including four consecutive victories.


* The Senators established a franchise playoff record for fastest three goals, eclipsing the previous mark set in Game 1 of the 2002 Conference Semifinals at TOR (4:00). The NHL record for fastest three goals by one team in the postseason is 23 seconds, set by the Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the 1979 Preliminary Round vs. ATL.
Mike Hoffman (1-1—2) opened the scoring 48 seconds into the contest. Elias notes that Hoffman scored the third-fastest goal to begin a playoff game in franchise history, behind Peter Regin in Game 2 of the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals at PIT (0:18) and Mike Fisher in Game 4 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals at NYI (0:28).
Erik Karlsson collected an assist and leads all defensemen with 2-12—14 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (15 GP). His 12 assists are three shy of the franchise record for most in a playoff year, set by Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza in 2007 (20 GP).
Craig Anderson made 25 saves to improve to 10-5 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.20 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO). Anderson earned his 20th career playoff win with the Senators, one shy of Patrick Lalime (21) for the most in franchise history.
* When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 205-99, including a 3-2 mark this postseason.

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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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A Road Well Traveled For The Anaheim Ducks

from Kevin Baxter of the LA Times,

Thursday’s playoff contest will be the eighth in 14 days for the Ducks, who have gone consecutive days without a game just once in the last two weeks.

Add in the five charter flights that covered more than 9,000 miles and three time zones between those games and the postseason has become a grind for the Pacific Division champs.

“Yeah, it’s hard,” said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, whose team trails the Nashville Predators 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. “So you have to manage yourself. You have to do things in terms of recovery and rest that give you the best chance.

“These are the moments you hope the summer [workouts] pay off and your nutrition and the things you do away from the rink pay off. When you get in the game your energy level takes over. Your adrenaline starts going.”


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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

The comment section is yours.

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Afternoon Line- Craig Leipold

via Michael Russo tweets,

"A lot of good things happened last yr. We just ended up bad. We have to identify what happened there, & we need to address those"

"I’m not satisfied where we are. In my feeling with the playoffs, we took a step back, and we never expected that."

 "We didn’t think that was going to happen, so it’s causing us to think, ‘What do we need to do?’"

Russo has more in his Twitter feed on this topic.

added 6:11pm, Russo has now posted a story on this at the Star Tribune.

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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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