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

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Ryan broke in alone on Marc-Andre Fleury and deked the Pittsburgh goalie before flipping a backhand into the open net 4:59 into overtime to give Ottawa a 2-1 victory Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Overtime was needed in Pittsburgh as the Senators prevailed 2-1 away from home on Saturday.

When and where does the game take place?: Monday May 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

Game two of the best-of-seven series is on Monday.

The Penguins only had 72 hours to recharge following a draining seven-game series against Washington.

But for more than two periods Ottawa stood firm and killed off all five Pittsburgh power plays during regulation.

"We know as a group we have good hockey players".

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"I got a breakaway and I lucked out, it went in", Ryan told NBC Sports.

Crosby doesn't believe the Penguins have to change much even though the Senators are "pretty committed to protecting their net". "So it's just a matter, for us, staying in the moment, and, win or lose, getting ready for the next one".

Kessel scored on his own rebound from the slot after his initial shot was blocked by Jean-Gabriel Pageau. The Senators stressed they weren't simply just happy to reach the NHL's final four for the first time in a decade. Just don't mistake the joy that spilled onto the ice after beating the Rangers in six games with satisfaction. They played a near-perfect road game on Saturday against a powerhouse and they dictated the pace of play. Anderson was the thorn in the Penguins' side in the period preventing them for taking control of the game.

The Penguins' lone breakthrough came with 5:35 remaining in the third period, when Chris Kunitz found Evgeni Malkin by the net for a game-tying goal. In games three and four of the Rangers series, NY found a way through the neutral zone by making one touch passes to the middle of the ice to spring their centre for odd man rushes. "But at least now when I say there's going to be pushback the guys can imagine it now". Captain Sidney Crosby, despite missing Game 4 with a concussion, had a personal nine-game playoff point streak going - four goals, 10 assists - and young Bryan Rust was fresh from becoming only the fourth player in league history to have his first three game-winning goals clinch series.

"We've been going about it the same way", said Boucher. The Senators went almost 19 minutes between the second and third period without recording a single shot, a testament to Pittsburgh's ability to play keepaway on the other end of the ice. Rather, the Sens just outnumbered the Pens when they tried to gain the attacking zone, with three players generally back and a fourth applying pressure, and were quick to transition the puck, with the increased support that Colin mentioned. There won't be any rest for the tired for either teams, as there will be only one day between games rather than the two in the previous round.

The Ottawa Senators dominated Boston then rallied by the New York Rangers on the legs of seemingly tireless defenseman Erik Karlsson, the inspirational play of goaltender Craig Anderson and a neutral zone trap created to frustrate and suffocate opponents in equal measure. Even though the Penguins tied the game, the Senators continued their late-game heroics with another overtime win in Game 1. Hornqvist hit post to start the power play but from there the Senators did a good job limiting Pittsburgh's chances on Anderson.

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