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Pittsburgh Penguins aim to take better advantage of opportunities in Game 2

NHL Playoffs Penguins vs. Senators NHL roundup: Senators get jump on Penguins
Montrelle Montesinos | 18 May, 2017, 16:10

The Penguins only managed 17 shots in five-on-five situations, compared to 32 by Ottawa. They had just beaten the best team in the National Hockey League this winter, the Washington Capitals, and were now, surprisingly, up against the upstart Ottawa Senators, who had reached the conference final by defeating the New York Rangers. He must be stationed in front of Anderson on every power play moving forward. This Pittsburgh team is deeply vulnerable, and if it's going to win the big dogs have to carry the weight. In fact, this loss marked the fourth loss in their past six games, even though they took the seven-game series from the Capitals. "They're pretty darn good hockey players".

Now, does anyone out there believe in history repeating itself? The Ottawa Senators are the littlest Canadian franchise, the one that doesn't spend to the cap, the one that won five of their last 15 down the stretch, that was outscored during the season, et cetera, and so forth.

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (65) kicks at the puck after getting it away from Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Although playoff points leader Evgeni Malkin scored, fellow centre and Rocket Richard Trophy victor Sidney Crosby was held to two shots - and no other shot attempts - and post-season goals leader Jake Guetzel, one of Crosby's linemates, had one shot. Soon Kessel was able to bring the "Pittsburgh" wins, however his shot only shook the crossbar. It was just an unacceptable performance for this time of the year. The Senators took a hooking penalty 3:43 into the match, but held on.

"I don't know if it's that we're comfortable with it", centre Zack Smith said as the Senators enjoyed a day away from the ice in Pittsburgh Sunday.

"You just want to redeem yourself", a relieved Ryan said. We've kind of had that feeling from the start that we had nothing to lose. Pageau had 12 goals during the regular season. Pageau was ready for the ploy and snapped the puck in past Fleury for his eighth goal of the postseason.

“I thought five-on-five, we played well, ” said Boucher. "But I know we can play a better game, a cleaner game and I know we can play a game where we execute a little better and that might lead to more chances offensively".

"I don't think our attitude changes (in overtime)", he said.

"When they did get traffic and shots, (Anderson) did a great job".

"We were very calm".

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. The Senators went almost 19 minutes without putting a shot on Fleury. "And it was the same in overtime. They can slow it down, they can accelerate", said Boucher. "We just did the ordinary well and we stuck to it".

"They scored late in the third and I loved the reaction on the bench", he said. "One of the things we did (Sunday) morning when we had our film session is we showed them a number of different opportunities where we felt we could have put the puck on the net and we chose not to". It's important. There's nothing systematically that you need to work on.

"We talk about it", said Smith. A big game from Sami Vatanen could be a game changer for the Ducks.

“Its not that were content to be here, just happy to make it this far. We believe we can get speed, get zone time, plant our toes a bit, and we're better served that way.