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Craig Anderson made 45 saves – including 22 stops in the second period – and the Senators received goals from Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman as Ottawa forced a seventh and deciding game in the Eastern Conference Final.


* Elias notes that Ottawa, who lost 7-0 in Game 5, became the fifth team in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to stave off elimination in the game following a loss in which they allowed at least seven goals. The Flames were the last team to achieve the feat, earning a 5-1 victory in Game 5 of the 1990 Division Semifinals vs. LAK after losing the previous contest by a score of 12-4.
* Anderson improved to 5-2 in his playoff career when making 45 or more saves and became the first NHL goaltender to stop at least that many shots in regulation with his team facing elimination since he also achieved the feat in Game 5 of the 2015 First Round at MTL (5-1 W). The only other Senators goaltender to make 45 or more saves in a playoff game with the team facing elimination is Pascal Leclaire, who made 56 stops in Game 5 of the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals at PIT – a 4-3 triple-overtime victory in which he set a franchise record for saves in any postseason game.
* Anderson earned his 21st career playoff win with the Senators to tie Patrick Lalimefor the most in franchise history.
Erik Karlsson collected his 14th assist of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (18 GP) to move within one of the franchise record for most in a single postseason, a mark set by Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza in 2007 (15 in 20 GP).

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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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Watching The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (May 23, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley and President of AT&T Sports Networks Patrick Crumb announced today May 23, a television rights agreement making AT&T Sports Networks and its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network the official television home of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Under the agreement, ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will be the exclusive television rightsholder for Golden Knights regional telecasts of regular-season games, beginning with the 2017-18 NHL season, for the length of the agreement. The network will have the opportunity to carry preseason and playoff games as well. All games will be produced in high definition and contain a pregame show and postgame show, subject to live event conflicts.

Broadcast talent for Golden Knights telecasts on ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will be announced at a later date.

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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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Videos- From The Anaheim Side

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This time was going to be different. After four straight seasons of backing down at the moment of truth, after building what they thought would be enough depth to get through a playoff grind, after bringing Randy Carlyle back to coach them because they believed his calm and resourcefulness would guide them past their mental and emotional postseason hurdles, the ending was the same for the Ducks.

Maybe even more painful than in previous seasons, because they clawed and scratched and were on the brink of forcing a seventh game in the Western Conference finals before they let their last chance slip away.

They got a few steps further than they did a year ago. But if losing to the Nashville Predators in a six-game conference finals one year after the Predators had booted them out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs meant the Ducks had accomplished something, that theory was contradicted by the tears welling in Ryan Kesler’s eyes and the vacant stares of Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry after their efforts to mount yet another remarkable rally fell short in a 6-3 loss Monday.

“Personally, I don’t think the better team won tonight but it doesn’t really matter what I think,” said Kesler, who sat at his locker for long minutes with his head buried in a towel before he began to unlace his skates and unpeel the tape that held him and his equipment together. “They got the victory and they move on and we’re going home.”


Below, Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News and video of Perry, Getzlaf and Carlyle post-game...

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Dream Away Nashville

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Wha-choo gonna have, honey?”

The woman in the Union St. sandwich shop reminds us every time that Nashville has loaned the National Hockey League an entirely unique brand of Southern hospitality. It’s about as far from Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal, or Sarge’s Deli in New York City, as hockey people could possibly find themselves.

It’s kind of Dallas-like down here in Tennessee, but to a Kenny Chesney soundtrack. With a shot of Jack.

Well, guess what, y’all? The Preds are fixin’ to win it all, two-stepping all the way to their first Stanley Cup in 20 years with a 6-3, series-clinching win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

“It’s a dream come true,” the big Finnish goalie Pekka Rinne, who came here as an eighth-round pick and has become this club’s longest standing member and de facto captain. “But it's a funny thing, though. When everything is happening around us, you still feel hungry, and now we have a chance to play for the Cup.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling. And you’ve been working for that for a long, long time.”


Highlights and handshakes are below...

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NHL Short Notes

The Ducks erased a 3-1 deficit in the third period, but Colton Sissons scored the go-ahead goal and completed his hat trick with 6:00 remaining in regulation to lift the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. Nashville, which began play in 1998-99 and is competing in the postseason for the 10th time, had recorded three series wins prior to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (3-9).


* The Predators, who ranked 16th in NHL’s regular-season standings and qualified for the postseason as the second Wild Card team in the Western Conference (41-29-12, 94 points), became the third club seeded lowest in its conference to advance to the Stanley Cup Final since the League adopted the conference-based playoff format in 1994. The others: the 2006 Oilers (4-3 L vs. CAR) and 2012 Kings (4-2 W vs. NJD).
* At least one team outside the top 10 in the NHL’s regular-season standings now has reached the Stanley Cup Final in eight of the past 15 seasons. The others: the 2002 Hurricanes (16th), 2004 Flames (12th), 2006 Oilers (14th), 2010 Flyers (18th), 2012 Kings (13th), 2014 Rangers (12th) and 2016 Sharks (11th).
* Sissons, who has one hat trick in his regular-season career (109 GP), recorded the second three-goal game in Predators playoff history – following Filip Forsberg’s hat trick in Game 5 of the 2015 First Round vs. CHI. Elias notes that Sissons became the first player to score a hat trick in a series-clinching win in the Conference Finals since Chicago’s Patrick Kane in 2013 (vs. LAK).
* Sissons, who had 8-2—10 in the regular season (58 GP), now has matched that point total during the playoffs (5-5—10 in 16 GP). He did not register a point in any of his 10 career postseason appearances prior to 2017.
* The Predators next will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Penguins and Senators. Only one player on Nashville’s roster has previously appeared in a Stanley Cup Final game: Mike Fisher, who collected 2-2—4 with Ottawa in 2007 vs. ANA (5 GP).

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The Nashville Predators Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Nashville defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 to win the series 4-2 and now advance to their first Stanley Cup Final.

Here is the game winning goal by Colton Sissons, his 3rd of the game.





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