The current holder of the Stanley Cup "Pittsburgh" in the first leg of the Eastern conference finals "Ottawa - Senators" did not pay attention to his status as outsiders, and just went out on the ice and scored an away win.
Bobby Ryan scored a lovely overtime victor again as the Sens ended up on the right side of the ledger, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 to take an early 1-0 series lead. Bobby Ryan (more on him in a second) lead the way offensively for the Sens setting up the game's opening goal with a attractive no look pass to Jean-Gabriel Pageau and ultimately ending the game with a strong, power move to his backhand in overtime. After that, the Senators sucked the life right out of the game for most of regulation, controlling 60 percent of the even-strength shot attempts during regulation until Penguins center Evgeni Malkin's deflection on a Chris Kunitz shot tied it late in the third.
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) knocks the puck out of the crease against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Pittsburgh.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged his team to stop searching for the ideal shot and just fire it at Anderson instead after Pittsburgh struggled to create any traffic in front of the goaltender during a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1. "But at least now when I say there's going to be pushback the guys can imagine it now".
And for that reason, the Penguins didn't seem terribly panicked or flummoxed that they are trailing in a series for the first time in these playoffs. The puck zipped over Fleury's glove and suddenly Ottawa had the lead of both the game and the series. The game tips off at 8:00 PM EST in PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh and can be watched online live on FuboTV. We know they should, generally speaking, be able to get out of their zone without much problem. For their own sake, they need to get things going with a man up, which will start with getting more shots on net.
His two shots in Game 1 were right on his average the last four games, which is a major red flag for a player like Crosby.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins played a hard-fought game on Saturday night.
Not what the black and yellow expected from the hot-starting Penguins of the past two series.
"We know they have a good power play", Pageau said. That's the Pittsburgh formula for Game 2.
"The third period they stepped it up a notch and we didn't", Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said.
"I think this is something that's crept into our game over the last few weeks", Mike Sullivan said.
"They're pretty stingy", Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby said. "I just think we have to recognize where the opportunities are on the rink to create, and there's going to be some situations where we can't". The Ducks will need to cut down on the turnovers in game two on home ice.
"It's great for us", Ottawa defenceman Cody Ceci said.