Joey Alfieri

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Bobby Ryan comes up clutch

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Senators forward Bobby Ryan often gets criticized for not being engaged enough physically or for being a passenger in crucial moments, but he’s been the complete opposite lately.

 

Ryan picked up an assist on Erik Karlsson’s game-winning goal in Game 6 against the Rangers and he racked up two more crucial points in last night’s 2-1 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

 

He used his signature no-look, backhanded pass to set up Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s first-period goal that gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at the time.

 

Ryan then used that lethal backhander to score a beauty less than five minutes into the overtime period.

 

Not many people expected the Senators to still be alive at this stage of the game, but they're now just three wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since they lost to the Anaheim Ducks back in 2007. 

 

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SENATORS 2 PENGUINS 1 (OT)

Ottawa leads series 1-0.

 

As I mentioned before, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the first goal of the game at the 14:32 mark of the first period. Incredibly enough, that was Pageau's eighth goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. No player on the Sens has found the back of the net more often than Pageau this spring. He also registered the primary assist on the game-winner. 

 

On top of the two points he collected on Saturday, Bobby Ryan finished the game with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and another three blocked shots in 17:14 of ice time. He's second on the team in points with 11. 

 

Mark Stone picked up the secondary assist on Ryan's goal in overtime. Stone is now riding a three-game point streak in the playoffs. He's picked up two goals and four points during that span.

 

For those wondering what Erik Karlsson did tonight, he finished the game with no points, a plus-1 rating and a game-high six shots on goal in 30:34 of ice time. 

 

Despite the loss, Evgeni Malkin just keeps on rolling for the Penguins. Malkin finally got a puck by Craig Anderson with less than six minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game one. The Penguins forward is up to six goals and an incredible 19 points this postseason. 

 

Chris Kunitz sent the puck in Malkin's direction so that he could tip it into the net. The primary assist was just Kunitz's second point of the playoffs. 

 

Sidney Crosby ended Game 1 with no points, a minus-1 rating and two shots on goal in 23:32 of ice time. His three-game point streak was snapped in the process. The Pens captain hasn't found the back of the net since Game 1 of their second-round series against Washington. 

 

Craig Anderson was solid in this one, as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots in the win. He owns a 2.37 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage this postseason. 

 

Marc-Andre Fleury couldn't be blamed for either of Ottawa's goals. He ended his night with 33 saves in the defeat. 




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