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Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators”

OTTAWA-Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, a handful of Pittsburgh Penguins were playing soccer: Bryan Rust, Nick Bonino, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby.

Game 7 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators for the championship.

Take, for instance, the approach from the two goaltenders.

The Sens pulled off a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Penguins in Game 6 of their series Tuesday night to force a seventh game Thursday.

"I think we've done a good job all year in situations like this, even though this is a little bit different". He brought the Canadian Tire Centre to life with his game-tying power play goal at 13:15 of the second period, floating into open space after causing confusion in the slot for a one-timer that beat Murray to his right post.

"Instead of reinventing the wheel, we just got to stick to our strengths". They went to the penalty box four times on Monday, and the Capitals scored two power play goals.

The past two games might be the best way to sum Anderson up.

"It's huge", he said.

"We did a lot of really good things out there". "He has such a wealth of experience to draw on, and I think he's a fierce competitor". After you win a Stanley Cup, it's a summer of celebration.

The teams have clashing styles with Ottawa's methodical, smothering defensive scheme against Pittsburgh's speed and high-octane offense.

However Anderson went back in for Condon after just 1:28 on the bench - only to give up another goal before the end of the first when Scott Wilson scored from a sharp angle at 18:17 for a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead.

Yet the first six games haven't necessarily favored either pattern completely.

So the Under is definitely trending in Game 7's, but hey.

Betting against Sidney Crosby in a do-or-done game takes some guts, since the Pittsburgh Penguins' history shows they find a way when their backs are against the wall. The victory was a close one-goal game, but that didn't stop the Senators from feeling revitalized.

First, he put Matt Murray in goal in front of Marc-Andre Fleury, who carried the Penguins throughout most of the postseason. Kevin Allen of USA Today wrote about the factors heading into tonight's matchup and quoted Pittsburgh veteran Matt Cullen on his thoughts on the game.

And one shouldn't be surprised if No. 71 plays a big role in helping his team win Thursday. So, for us as players, this is what it's all about. "When you're in the moment, you're just worrying about the next shift".

Whichever team comes out on top in this series will make for an interesting storyline heading into the Stanley Cup Finals against the Nashville Predators. For Ottawa, it would be a jubilant upset.

Ottawa then took the lead on a Mike Hoffman goal that stood up as the victor. "That's fine, we'll play that role", Smith said. "They're the ones that are favored". The list of active players who have averaged at least a point per game in the playoffs in at least 20 games: Crosby (1.11), Malkin, (1.08), and Mike Cammalleri, who had 32 very productive playoff games between 2008 and 2011.

Pittsburgh might get a couple lineup reinforcements. Injured Penguins RW Patric Hornqvist, RW Tom Kuhnhackl and D Chad Ruhwedel did not accompany the team to Ottawa, but coach Mike Sullivan said all were progressing in their recovery.



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