Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

Pittsburgh surged in the third period of Game 2 and controlled play but struggled to create key chances in tight. The Senators really didn't have their best chances until the end of the game, but Fleury was up to the task in the win.

If his players have something to say, Sullivan wants them to get it out.

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

Hornqvist was a late scratch Monday after leaving the warmup early. "If we think the conversation escalates to the point where it becomes a distraction, then that's usually where I step in and tell them enough, move on, and they do".

Hornqvist, himself, was out with an "undisclosed injury" the Penguins wouldn't even discuss after the game, so he could either have a hangnail on his pinkie toe or he may have lost an eye and he was out being fitted with a bionic eye for the rest of the playoffs so he had to miss Game 2 because that's the only time the local bionic eye doctor could see him.

For Ottawa, winger Viktor Stalberg (lower-body injury) could return as early as Wednesday, and defenceman Mark Borowiecki (lower-body injury) is also getting close.

Oddly enough, the Penguins' power play has been downright very bad on home ice, going just 4 for 28 (14.3% - compared to 26.5% in the regular season). He's now their best offensive defenseman and had eight points in 13 previous playoff games while averaging 21:10 of ice-time per-contest. Mike Hoffman also knocked a Penguin out of the game, as his shove/crosscheck to an off-balance Justin Shultz sent the defender sprawling into the end boards and he left with what looked like a shoulder injury.

"He's a competitive guy", Kunitz said after the win. It's definitely one of those.

There is no question he has frustrated the Penguins and all you had to do was look down at their bench Monday night in Pittsburgh to understand how hard he was making life for them.

Kris Letang has been out since before the playoffs after neck surgery.

Streit tallied six points in 19 regular-season games with the Penguins. And at the same time, sure, you want to frustrate your opponent.

In such a crucial contest, Pittsburgh should be favored to come out and play well.

The result? exhausted legs. As a result Chad Ruhwedel ended up playing 21:25, Brian Dumoulin was over 26 minutes, and Ron Hainsey played 24:49.

Wilson was credited with 10 hits during just 12:15 of ice time, including four during one memorable shift. It will be a big blow to the Pens defense if he doesn't make it back.

"I think sometimes you just need to stick with things, and you don't need to change things too much sometimes", captain Sidney Crosby said.

Passed over in all of this is Fleury, who had his second shutout of this postseason in goal for the Penguins.

After Schultz left the game, Pittsburgh needed its other five defensemen to play more.

CA: That suits our system and our game play, and we've played all season in a tight-checking game, so, you know, I think it's to our advantage to continue to play that way. Subban is now part of arguably the best blue line in hockey, featuring homegrown Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm.

"I couldn't be happier for Marc because he, to me, is one of the best team players in all of sports". The Penguins weren't the least bit pleased with the way they performed.

"Our players are really good at not fearing the outcome, and we play the way we play", Boucher said.

"Wait", he said playfully of how he bided his time. He and [Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet] have this little spitfire relationship, where they talk back to each other about plays that go on on the ice.

They might better have taken a short stroll down the street to Point State Park, where once Fort Pitt stood at the convergence of the Alleghany, Monongahela and OH rivers.

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