Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Phil Kessel's late heroics help Penguins even East final with Sens


There was a much more simple, much more aggravating reason Anderson got beat for the only goal Monday night in the Ottawa Senators' 1-0 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final at PPG Paints Arena. His goals-against average and save percentage improved Monday, to 2.28 and.920, respectively. May.

The win saw Marc-Andre Fleury become the 12th goalie in National Hockey League history to record 10 career postseason shutouts with his 23-save showing.

"It was a fortunate bounce, right?"

From late in the second period until after Kessel scored, the Senators went 18:53 without a shot before Fleury stopped one by Zack Smith. "It wasn't fun to live", said coach Guy Boucher Sunday. The Penguins have struggled with possession this postseason, but around the time Kessel finally broke the scoreless tie, the Penguins were controlling 64 percent of the even-strength shot attempts, according to NaturalStatTrick.com. "You don't have time to really mentally think about any mistakes good or bad, because you're going right back out there".

Ryan has seen more of the spotlight during the playoffs, with five goals and six assists through 13 games so far. Some good goaltending by Anderson and eight blocked shots by Ottawa's defense prevented all of those shot from going into the net. "They made it tough on us". "The third period wasn't good enough". "They were surging. They were aggressive". We can sit here and I can explain for 10 minutes what concussion protocol is and all that stuff, but I don't really want to do it. Guentzel had a plus three Corsi-differential - although his goal came off a pass from Crosby - while Malkin's differential was plus four. "We didn't manage it as well".

Top-line winger Bryan Rust left after he took a big hit from Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf and fell backward onto the ice. They are running on fumes to some degree because of injuries and a lack of rest but will also realize they can not afford to lose the first two games at home. Craig Anderson, Bobby Ryan, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Kyle Turris and the duo of Ceci and Phaneuf were particularly strong, some expected and some cases of stepping up to fill their role perhaps a little more effectively than usual. Shortly after, defenseman Justin Schultz also exited with an apparent shoulder injury after crashing into the boards.

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Players were in different positions, there was no concentration and no focus. "The two goals conceded were bad". Tottenham Hotspur will play for pride as they can not challenge Chelsea for the title any more in this season.

Neither play resulted in a penalty.

Injured defenceman Mark Borowiecki, who was sidelined of the line-up in Game 2 of the Sens' first-round series against the Bruins is doubtful of play in game 2.

Coach Mike Sullivan believes the Penguins' bypassed too many shooting opportunities in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "We got 35 shots and we outshot them even though they got a lot of power plays".

Pittsburgh picked things up over the course of the second period and led in shots 20-16 going into the third, but to no avail, thanks to Anderson.

One of the subplots of Game 2 will be the battle to determine how this series is going to be played.

"I thought five-on-five, we played well", said Boucher.

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