Monday's Stanley Cup Playoffs betting preview: Senators at Penguins

Capitals, Rangers betting favorites for Stanley Cup Playoff matchups on Saturday

Capitals, Rangers betting favorites for Stanley Cup Playoff matchups on Saturday

For Ottawa, LW Viktor Stallberg (lower body) remained out for the second game in a while, while RW Chris Neil was scratched after playing two games in a row.

As is Ottawa's custom, once they gain even a one-goal lead, they try to wrap the game in duct tape - sealing off the neutral zone, chipping pucks out and away, dumping in and barely bothering to chase.

The Senators thought they might have taken a 2-0 lead at 12:48 of the second on a wraparound play by Alexandre Burrows.

Ovechkin said he felt something in his hamstring late in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb the pain the rest of the way. And, believe it or not, that takes some adjustment.

"I think our depth is our strength", Maatta, 22, a Penguins first-round choice in 2012 and the other member of the makeshift crew, said before the game. We've got your way to watch the action via live stream when the puck drops at 7pm EST on May 13.

Penguins skaters managed to block just 14 of Ottawa's 60 shot attempts, a signal that the Senators found lanes to get pucks through to the net or somewhere near it more frequently than Washington or Columbus. You know how to play in this environment, it's a high stakes environment.

After dropping game 1 in overtime, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to even the series with the Ottawa Senators.

Phil Kessel beat Craig Anderson with a wrist shot 13:05 into the third period as Pittsburgh finally broke through against the Ottawa's packed-in defense. "I just think we have to recognize where the opportunities are on the rink to create, and there's going to be some situations where we can't".

"I've always been a believer that nothing breaks down coverage better than a shot on goal", Sullivan said. Perhaps. There's a long, long way to go before the finish line in the series, but at the very least, the Senators have punched a couple of holes into the Penguins' defensive underbelly. Yet the Senators have proven repeatedly during their deepest playoff run in a decade they're just fine sitting back and waiting for an opening to counter.

"We tried to limit them but the reality is that you're not going to limit those guys to nothing". So the speed is going to have to start there. All they do is keep winning. "If we traded (Fleury), we wouldn't be in this room right now", Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said of the veteran, who was the subject of trade rumors throughout the season. "They're committed to defending there". Something I could step into and get a lot of minutes right away.

“Its not that were content to be here, just happy to make it this far. "And we need to compete for rebounds that are there and get our sticks on those". Crosby wasn't great; Malkin often skated into traffic; the Penguins were still that close.

The Penguins will do everything they can to stop that from happening and the Senators will need to be nearly flawless if they want to win.

On Sunday morning, Sullivan showed the Penguins video of all the occasions Game 1 when firing a shot would have been a better choice.

Then it was Ryan early in overtime, but the hockey team from the Canadian capital was still reluctant to turn the Penguins' earlier tweet on its head: Two big market American cities (Boston, New York) down, one to go.

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