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Pens mightier than the Sens

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Both playoff series are now tied as Anaheim and Pittsburgh both avoided going on the road down 2-0 with wins over the last two nights.

 

Both road teams, Nashville and Ottawa opened their respective series with wins, forcing the home squads to win Game 2 or be behind the eight ball heading into Game 3.

 

Let’s get to the action!

 

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PITTSBURGH 1 OTTAWA 0  

 

It was the Phil Kessel and Marc-Andre Fleury show for the Penguins on Monday night as they tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final at one game apiece with a 1-0 win over the Senators.

 

 

Fleury stopped all 23 shots in the Pittsburgh cage for his ninth win of the playoffs but the big story was Kessel.

 

He was a man possessed on the bench all game as well as on the ice and he finally broke open the game with the lone goal as he had his first shot blocked by Jean-Gabriel Pageau but the rebound came right back to him and he wristed a shot past Craig Anderson for the winner.

 

It was the first time in four games that Kessel hit the scoresheet and the frustration was apparently taking its toll previous to the goal as Kessel was seen yelling on the bench and visibly upset.

 

Evgeni Malkin with his NHL leading 20th point, and Olli Maatta drew the assists on the goal.

 

Anderson was awesome in the Ottawa net as the Penguins kept coming and coming but he turned them away until Kessel finally beat him with only 6:55 left in the third.

 

It was chippy at the end of the contest as Malkin and Kyle Turris were slashing at each other. Both took 10 minute misconducts at the 19:46 mark as all 11 players were involved in the scrimmage.

 

The Penguins outhit the Senators 50-36 with Scott Wilson leading the way with 10. Carter Rowney and Chad Ruhwedel each had seven hits with Ruhwedel leading both teams with four shots on goal.

 

Bryan Rust took a hit from Dion Phaneuf in the first period and did not return while Justin Schultz went into the end boards after attempting to knock Mike Hoffman off the puck just before the halfway point of the first period. He left the ice and did not return as well.

 

The Penguins played with only 11 forwards and five blueliners for the last 50 minutes of the contest but they had enough to win.

 

Patric Hornqvist was unable to go after trying to do so in the pregame warmup.

 

Game 3 is in Ottawa Wednesday. Don't ya dare miss it!



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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