Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

The Western Conference Finals between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks is even at one game apiece.

Those heated moments in Game 2 also gave us a revealing glimpse into how Penguins coach Mike Sullivan runs the team. That's the way it is. I think lines go back and forth and talk to one another. So just because a guy gets a little bit emotional in the bench, for me, I think it helps our overall team game.

The Senators will get the matchups they want and need to find a way to get a win.

They would have learned the story of General Edward Braddock, a British soldier trained in European warfare who, at the outbreak of the hostilities that would lead to the Seven Years' War, proved too stubborn to listen to good advice. They expect nothing but the best from the Penguins in Game 2 Monday.

The Senators went almost 20 minutes of hockey without a shot on goal. It was his 10th career postseason shutout.

Ottawa had a chance to tie it up late, on a last minute flurry with Craig Anderson on the bench, but Penguins shot-blockers were in full force and kept the barrage at bay. Anderson caught an edge on Phil Kessel's victor, but the Senators have got to give their goalie some run support for success. "Simple as that", Anderson said. "Caught an edge. It sucks". One fan even showed up Monday at PPG Paints Arena with a sign saying "Golf is more exciting than 1-3-1" - the reference being to Boucher's preference for having one defenceman well back, three skaters defending the middle zone and one forward at least feigning a forecheck.

Penguins Phil Kessel tallied the lone goal of the game with 6:55 remaining - earning his club a split with the Senators.

We are, of course, talking about the 1993 Montreal Canadiens, who experienced all of the above before knocking off Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings to win it all.

Coming into this Eastern final, nobody gave the Senators a chance but they did feel the Penguins were banged up and that was going to hamper them.

"We know we belong here in this position". "I don't know. I try to stretch out, move around, stay loose. Trying to just keep my head into it".

Avery Bradley's defense has been key ingredient for Celtics
Bradley, who is playing with a sore hip, scored 25 points in the first half as the Celtics compiled a 22-point halftime lead. Celtics fans chanted "We want Oubre! We did a hell of a job tonight from the first guy to the last guy".

Pittsburgh, already playing without winger Patric Hornqvist after he left warmups early, was undermanned most of the game after it lost two players to injuries in the first period.

Moments into Game 2, Dion Phaneuf laid out Bryan Rust with a hit that was deemed legal by the referees.

"To be honest, I think I yelled a few times tonight", Kessel said.

CA: I think they're a good team and they were ... they battened down the hatch there and didn't really let us ... we'll have to, you know, look at the tapes, there's lots of video that we'll be able to break down and make some adjustments. Streit hasn't logged a single minute during the playoffs but will likely be the one to step in if Schultz can't go on Wednesday.

The Penguins just hope that's possible if any of the Rust, Hornqvist, and Schultz trio are unable to draw into the lineup.

Neither play resulted in a penalty.

Sullivan offered no updates on either player. The price? A first-round pick that turned into Noesen, the pot-sweetener Ottawa used to get Ryan. Then you start seeing in the middle of the second round, every game there's more guys banged up, more guys exhausted. As they say in life, everyone you meet is carrying something, going through something. If Ottawa can hang tight with Pittsburgh like they did in Game 1, they seem more poised to win.

Defenseman Trevor Daley has been out since being injured during Game 5 in Washington, but did skate on his own Monday morning ahead of the Penguins optional morning skate. That includes Jared Boll, who had only three points in 51 games during the regular season but has played each of the first two games against Nashville.

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