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Stanley Cup playoffs: Senators force game seven against Penguins
June 26 2017, 12:00 | Frederick Owens
Extracurricular trouble is what the Penguins and Senators both insist they want to avoid during Thursday's series-deciding game at PPG Paints Arena. A year ago they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, and on Thursday they will look to get past the Ottawa Senators and return to the Stanley Cup Final.
Kyle Turris had five shots and an assist in Ottawa's 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Ottawa Coach Guy Boucher argued for goaltender interference. As the Ottawa Senators stayed alive with Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 win, various players chose to bother the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain in any way they could. "You're fully invested, you're prepared, you've done everything you can to put yourself in a position to play a good game, so now enjoy it and play your butt off". The Penguins lead the Eastern Conference final 3-2 and can return to the Stanley Cup Final with a win.
"It's like a quarterback in football and a pitcher in baseball, and we have it", Boucher added.
"I think we've got to take the positives from it". During that stretch, which began last season, he's captured a Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, World Cup of Hockey, World Cup of Hockey MVP, Rocket Richard trophy and back-to-back finishes as a Hart trophy finalist.
"(Crosby) in particular has played in arguably the most high-stakes environments in all different venues - whether it be the National Hockey League, the Olympics, the World Cup", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
"We've answered a lot of people", winger Clarke MacArthur said. "We're aware of that". "We've got to find a way to have success".
"I think there's two types of people: people that see difficulties in opportunities, and people who see opportunities in difficulties", said during a post-skate news conference. In four of the six games in this series, the Penguins have been held to a total of four goals, all scored by their best three players, and Ottawa won three of those; in two games, the Penguins have scored a total of 10 goals, and won them both.
"Obviously, we're disappointed in the result but I don't think we can get discouraged by that", Sullivan said. "Probably our fore-check creates a lot more". We come to the rink.
"I just think that's part of who he is, and that's what we love about him is that he's such a great team guy and he understands the importance of his game to helping this team win". "They understand what it is that we're trying to do here". Boucher has had them share what they've been through, but in the end he believes simplicity is key.
The game started out cautiously, but the Senators took a few penalties, a scary proposition after the Penguins scored three power-play goals in Game 5.
Canadian Tire Centre is located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Ottawa without traffic, and rush hour obviously makes that trip a little more hard.
Daley scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal at 8:40 of the third for a 7-0 lead. Better poise under pressure was required.
"You've got to refocus", said the 29-year-old moments after a close Game 6 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Coming back to topple the Penguins means shutting those efforts down and reclaiming the staunch defensive approach which got the Ottawa far further than anyone could have expected.
Malkin wound up face-to-face with goalie Craig Anderson, who stopped the initial shot but couldn't keep the big Russian from taking the rebound around him and tucking the puck in the net. "And if you can't do that then you're in the wrong business because that's what it's about". Mark Borowiecki is also a possibility to draw back in for the first time since the opening round against Boston.