By my count, from the moment Sidney Crosby dumped the puck in (seconds before this video picks up) until the moment Rust redirected Nick Bonino's shot past Craig Anderson-two entire Pittsburgh line changes later-the Penguins kept the Senators on the defensive and the pressure on for 93 seconds. It's 2-2 (in the) Stanley Cup conference final. While it's obviously a temporary "let's catch lightning in a bottle" type of move to energize the stars with a "north-south element" as Sullivan said yesterday, it's still a great opportunity for Wilson to show that he's useful up the lineup as well as in the 4th line role he's been mostly type-cast in up to this point of his National Hockey League career.
I still think Marc-Andre Fleury is their best goaltender and deserved to start after his teammates hung him out to dry in Game 3. The trio combined for seven points in Game 5 - giving the Senators fits and adding one more line to pay attention to.
Same as it ever was under Sullivan, who is 12-2 following a playoff loss with the Penguins. "We've got to do a better job maintaining what we want to do with our game plan, because they played hard tonight". "Everything we did was wrong". By extension, the Senators have spent a good portion of the past two games on their heels, making mistakes because theyre too slow.
"It's wrong to say, but I'd rather lose like this than in overtime or anything like that", he said. "That's why it's so disconcerting".
As the Senators noted, they're in good shape and nothing has been decided.
Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2 and can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final as soon as Tuesday, when Game 6 is scheduled at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. "I think everybody's frustrated". They got the bounces.
Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher, left, talks with goalie Craig Anderson on the bench during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. "It's not to be sharper", said Boucher. The Penguins have nearly gotten used to - although they are not thrilled about - playing with only five defensemen because of injuries.
"We go back to how we've handled the big wins". "What you're talking about is the difference between checking with a doctor and entering concussion protocol, they're two separate things".When you read the "evaluation and management protocol", and you look at the list of reasons a player must be removed from a game - not "can be", but "must be" - you wonder how Crosby didn't miss a shift. When Cullen scored and Mark Streit's setting him up, that's not a good look for the Ottawa Senators. Malkin got another secondary assist for 22 points.
Pittsburgh's power play went three-for-three, while Ottawa is mired in an 0-for-29 drought with the man advantage that extends over their last 10 games. He thought maybe they were trying to recreate Game 3 when they scored four goals right off the bat and Karlsson looked like the Karlsson of old.
To wonder about the weird coaching decision to take goaltender Craig Anderson out of the game, then then throw him back in before he yielded his worst goal of the post-season?
After being held off the scoresheet in Game 1 and 2, Penguins Sidney Crosby has finally broken through with five points (2g, 3a) in the past three games.
For his part, Kessel scored a power-play marker in the third period and also registered an assist on Sunday afternoon-two, if you count the roadside assistance earlier that day.
Off a feed from Rust, Maatta sent a slap shot past Anderson's blocker from above the left circle.
A bad turnover by Mike Hoffman in the Ottawa zone led to the opening goal by the Penguins.
While they're on the ice, they can also spend at least a few minutes working on the power play, which continues to a momentum-sapping exercise in futility. "It's just like a plumber wakes up one day and has a great day and another day he's not having a great day". "Just one of those bad days". "It's not lack of preparation". Everybody knows that on the planet.
And now the unassuming Swede has another new role for Nashville: He's the hero of the latest clutch victory in the Predators' increasingly irresistible Stanley Cup push.