Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pens prepared to finish off Senators in Ottawa

Pens prepared to finish off Senators in Ottawa

It was goaltender Craig Anderson's birthday.

The Stanley Cup final will begin May 29 in either Pittsburgh or Ottawa.

“Its not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly, ” he said. "I think me and (Sidney Crosby) always feel pressure every game". Forget about it, regroup and come back with our best push in the next game. "We've got to get up and go", he said.

The Senators failed to get on the scoreboard in Game 5. "Everything we did was wrong". Both players are expected to dress, but if they are laboring an extra body would help the cause. "These guys, I think they understand it. That's why it's so disconcerting". Anderson stopped 10 shots and Condon stopped 19 shots.

Accordingly, the Penguins spent Victoria Day Monday in royal fashion, poised to go back to the Cup final with a Game 6 win in Ottawa Tuesday.

Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either. They got the bounces.

Ottawa Senators centre Colin White (82) looks to control the puck between New York Islanders defencemen Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield (42) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in New York. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin played in his 141st postseason game, surpassing Jaromir Jagr for the most in franchise history.

"It's about the ability to reload as fast as you can", Boucher said.

"You want to keep your timeouts".

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Being that this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it also means that you need to shrug off setbacks ... and the Penguins are doing well in that area, too. The Penguins are 5-3 this postseason on the road and of course that includes a game seven win in Washington.

Belief that no matter who's on the ice, your team is the better team.

Murray has had a lot of success goaltending in place of Fleury, and if the Penguins strike first, you have to like Pittsburgh to advance to the Finals. Carter Rowney had three assists on a day flawless for the Penguins to pile up the points. The Senators lack of compete had to be the biggest area of concern.

The Penguins look like they have found their speed that won them last years' Stanley Cup. That has to change, and it has to happen quick.

To wonder about the freakish coaching decision to take goaltender Craig Anderson out of the game, then then throw him back in before he yielded his worst goal of the post-season? Kessel scored a power play goal and added an assist of his own. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Mike Hoffman has 47 shots on goal.

Whatever thinking was behind this move, it backfired nearly immediately when Scott Wilson chipped a puck from the side of the net and the puck somehow bounced off both net and Anderson and into the back of the net for Wilson's second playoff goal. "That's no secret", Boucher said. That's just bad hockey. "It's not lack of preparation". They've also lost more collective man-games due to injury than any other team.

"We know they're a better team. Everybody knows that on the planet", said Boucher, who has grown comfortable playing the underdog card in these playoffs.

The HBK line didn't last long after the Stanley Cup was hoisted, and those three players are playing separately in these playoffs.

"We did a really good job", Murray said.

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