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The Last Go Around For Matt Cullen?

from Bryanna McDermott of the Penguin's website,

Five minutes into the second overtime period, Chris Kunitz fired a shot past Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson to give the Pittsburgh Penguins the 3-2 win and send the team back to the Stanley Cup Final for a second consecutive year, allowing Cullen to push the decision off for a little longer.

"It was a big game," Cullen said about getting emotional during Game 7. "Obviously, you're so close and we've been through so much this season to try and get here and get back to this point. When the next goal decides your fate one way or the other, it's a big moment."

The idea that this may be Cullen's final playoff push was in his teammate's minds as well during the game.

"I remember sitting next to Cullen thinking 'This isn't going to be the way he goes out. We're going to win. He deserves that,'" Carl Hagelin said after the Game 7 victory.

However, Cullen is still unsure of where his fate lies once the 2016-17 season concludes.

"Honestly, I don't know," Cullen said. "I've been through this enough to understand that I need to give it some time after the season. It's a decision for me that means a lot, and it carries a lot of weight, so I think it deserves some time after the season. I think when it's all said and done, I'll sit down with the family again and decide what's best. I'm 40 here, and I understand where the world of hockey is at, so I know this could very well this could be my last chance."


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