Senators, Penguins think deep prior to Game 7

With the game at PPG Paints Arena set to determine which club moves on to face Nashville in the Stanley Cup Final beginning Monday, the Penguins and Senators seem to be thinking of every possible advantage while also trying to clear their minds. The Pens worked it around with their first power play of the game before Schultz finally beat Anderson through traffic for the sixth Pittsburgh power-play goal of the series.

They didn't. 5:09 into double overtime, after all the heart-attack near-misses, Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz got a pass from Sidney Crosby and the puck was bouncing, just enough.

In case you were wondering, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did indeed touch the trophy one again, just as he did a year ago when the Penguins won the Cup in 2009 (He didn't touch it in 2008 and the Penguins went on to lose the Cup Final to the Red Wings).

Sidney Crosby set up Chris Kunitz for the double overtime victor and his second goal of the night as the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the Sens season 3-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. For his career he's produced 20 goals, 41 points and one game-winner in 112 games, but his performances in the playoffs that make him unsafe Thursday night.

Hornqvist has not played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final due to an upper-body injury.

The lead didn't last long, however, as the Senators scored 20 seconds later, Mark Stone beating Murray on a high shot from the right circle. The Senators rallied twice to tie it, with Dzingel making it 2-2 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Goaltender Craig Anderson had a big contribution in saving the Sens' from elimination from the playoffs, Anderson made an exceptional 45 saves in the game 6. They now have the most Game 7 losses of any franchise ever across major American sports.

"We have worked a lot on character education and reasons why people cheer for different teams and we've talked about why some of the kids cheer for Ottawa and how I cheer for Pittsburgh because that's where my dad works and that's okay", Martin said.

And so, with the power still out on Elgin Street, almost four hours after the puck dropped, Game 7 was off to a second overtime period.

PITTSBURGH | Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the National Hockey League. But after a scoreless first overtime, Chris Kunitz scored five minutes into the second overtime on a nasty slap shot. Though they tied for the fewest points in the 16-team playoff field (94), the Predators are risky and very much for real after steamrolling through the Western Conference playoffs, never trailing at any point in series wins over Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim.

NOTES: The home team is 21-20 in overtime Game 7s in National Hockey League playoff history.

The Penguins would strike again, on their first and only powerplay of the night on a Dion Phaneuf interference penalty.

Game 7 offers the Penguins and their stars the opportunity to cement their legacy while the Senators can complete an improbable run to their sport's biggest stage. Karlsson has played more than 80 minutes more than any other player in the playoffs. Karlsson ripped a shot off goalie Matt Murray's right post. It was the fifth one-goal game of the series.

Recommended News

  • Ferrari's Vettel flies in Monaco but F1 rival Hamilton labours

    Ferrari's Vettel flies in Monaco but F1 rival Hamilton labours

    Hamilton was only eighth in the reckoning, more than one second adrift of Vettel, while Bottas was even further back in 10th. The Mercedes team said it was also planning to carry a sticker on the front wing.

    Philippine troops bomb Islamist militants in city

    However, the President said that law-abiding citizens have nothing to worry about the imposition of martial law. I appeal to the consciences of the hostage takers not to harm the innocent as the Islamic faith teaches.

    Why Ivanka, Melania Trump covered up in Rome but not Saudi Arabia

    Mrs Trump, who grew up in Slovenia, reportedly speaks as many as six languages acquired during her worldwide modelling career. The first lady certainly did not expect the pope to approach her by telling her about a dish typical of her native region.
  • Republican candidate charged with assault, roiling Trump's Montana test

    A statement from Gianforte's representative, reported by Fox News , explained the matter for the politician's point of view. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join Trump's Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department .
    Wreckage of missing Sukhoi- 30 found; No info on pilots

    Wreckage of missing Sukhoi- 30 found; No info on pilots

    The Sukhoi 30 had gone missing on Tuesday close to China border in Arunachal Pradesh after having taken off from Tezpur in Assam. The jet lost contact on May 23rd following which massive search operations were launched to track the jet.
    Spicer Left Out of Pope Visit, and It's Seen as Big Snub

    Spicer Left Out of Pope Visit, and It's Seen as Big Snub

    As a sign of modesty, many Orthodox Jewish women choose to cover their hair. He'd asked about potizza, a Slovenian pastry from Melania's home country.
  • Conservative drops out of Iran presidential election

    So far, two presidential nominees have dropped out of the country's presidential election . "To me, supporting Dr. Qalibaf had been running for president for the third time after being defeated in the 2005 and 2013 votes.
    Polls close in election after candidate allegedly body slams reporter

    Polls close in election after candidate allegedly body slams reporter

    We've also heard voters say they think Jacobs was a plant by the Democratic party to make Gianforte look bad. Of approximately 700,000 Montana registered voters overall, 37% cast their vote early, Oestreicher said.
    After 17 years of trying to conceive, couple gives birth to sextuplets

    After 17 years of trying to conceive, couple gives birth to sextuplets

    According to Ramus, it's not every day that parents have sextuplets , and the mother was eating, sleeping and breathing for seven. Their mother was released last week and is "very involved" in the babies' care, hospital spokeswoman Shira Pollard said.
  • Most Americans don't believe key points of Trump's narrative on Comey

    Most Americans don't believe key points of Trump's narrative on Comey

    Back home , the Director of National Intelligence and Director of the National Security Agency testify today separately. Brennan said the CIA focuses on intelligence, not "evidence", and he was not able to answer that question .
    Samsung Galaxy J7, J5 Prime in 32GB storage now available in India

    Samsung Galaxy J7, J5 Prime in 32GB storage now available in India

    It is backed by 3,300mAh battery and offers 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB OTG as connectivity options. As is to be expected, the newly launched storage variants are priced differently from their 16GB counterparts.

    Kansas House advances bill to boost school aid

    McConnell said Trump and Pence could play an important role when it comes to "whipping" up support for whatever bill is produced. The bill would then go back to the House, when the chamber will have to decide whether to appoint its own five negotiators.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.