Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators

Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators

Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators

Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it.

In another unusual twist, Fleury became the Penguins' go-to-guy in goal only because No. 1 netminder Matt Murray suffered an injury in the warm-up before Pittsburgh's playoff opener last month.

With the win the Senators took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins put the Senators in their place by winning a 1-0 decision Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to tie the Eastern Conference final, 1-1, as the series shifts back to Canadian Tire Centre for Game 3 on Wednesday. More getting under the Penguins' skin.

Home Ice Advantage? If you weren't aware of how insane things can get at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, you are now. "So we're looking forward to it". 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.

In total, over the last four games - including three on home ice - a power play unit featuring Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel has gone 0 for its last 11 on the man advantage.

Then in Game 5, the Senators found themselves in a similar position, down a goal in the final minutes. The Senators went a span of 18:53 between the second and third period without even recording a shot on the Penguins netminder.

"We encourage it, because I think it helps our game", Sullivan said.

Oddly enough, the Penguins' power play has been downright bad on home ice, going just 4 for 28 (14.3% - compared to 26.5% in the regular season). We make sure that we stay focused.

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The Senators know what got them this far, and that they can't out-gun the Penguins offensively, so don't expect a change to their passive, sleep-inducing system.

"I know the one positive is, I mean, the game is right there", said Senators defenseman Marc Methot. We're not going to stomp all over them and if we get into an offensive contest, well, we can give them the series right now. "You look at Pittsburgh - they've got All-Stars, but all the games are just (close)". That may play into Ottawa's hand for the rest of the series, but it will all be moot if all they do is play defense.

Kessel's goal came after TV cameras caught him showing huge frustration on the bench and barking at teammates, including linemate Evgeni Malkin, in an animated way.

"It tells me a bunch of guys are invested and they want to win".

"It's hard to say it's working against you". I think it brings energy to our bench and for me that is a good thing. I think progress is made. That approach backfired in Game 2, but the Senators know that more often than not, it's going to be one that works for them. "Again, tonight he came up big for us". "After the game, we were fine".

Ottawa's best chance came with MacArthur alone in front late, but he didn't get a shot off on Fleury. Schultz had taken over the responsibility of being the primary puck mover, quarterbacking the power play while delivering on the two-way promise he flirted with but never showcased with any consistency during three-plus years in Edmonton.

"Mark's a guy that has invaluable experience", Sullivan said. Penguins F Patric Hornqvist skated during pregame warmups but was scratched.

It looked like a game where the Senators weren't anxious so much about winning, but sending a physical message, and that charge was led by Dion Phaneuf, who had a couple of huge hits including one in open ice that knocked Pens forward Bryan Rust out of the game.

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