Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

That wiped out the Penguins' chance at a lead at 3 minutes, 4 seconds of the second, but Malkin made it 1-0 at 4:51, slipping a backhand behind Anderson.

On the first shot he faced, Scott Wilson snuck one through Anderson's wickets from behind the goal line.

The Ottawa Senators will play their biggest game since the 2007 Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday night, and there's a good chance they won't do so in front of a sellout crowd. However, if you looked at the ticket sales for said game at the Canadian Tire Centre, you'd be hard-pressed to believe Tuesday night was a playoff game.

Kessel had a tap-in from Crosby at the left post for a power-play goal and a 6-0 lead 50 second into the third.

This could be the clubs final home game of the season unless the Senators can come back in the series and compete in the Stanley Cup final, which will open on May 29.

Some free, honest advice for Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher to save the season: Burn the tapes.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins have won the last two games in this series by a combined score of 10-2 following a 7-0 home rout of the Senators in Game 5 on Sunday after dropping two of the first three. In the second period of an elimination game the Penguins were rolling over the Senators, and then Malkin shrugged off Smith and scored a goal that the CBC's Jim Hughson described as "Malkin, from Malkin and Malkin". Ottawa pulled goalie Craig Anderson after it fell behind 3-0, but let Mike Condon play for only a minute before sending Anderson back in for the rest of the first period.

Game five was one to forget for the Sens, where they were dismantled by the whole Penguins squad.

"We know we have the potential to do that". Boucher said Anderson will start Game 6. "We were just laughing about that".

Ottawa was primarily looking for a return to structure in Game 6, beginning with a smoother start - which they got. He kept the Penguins alive in several contests against the top-seeded Washington Capitals, and a shutout in game seven propelled the squad to a series win. "So because of that, it brings a certain level of urgency to a respective team's game, and I think that's why the elimination games are the most hard".

The 21st overall pick in the 2015 draft, White has played only two National Hockey League regular season games in his career - the first of which came on April 3. "We're going to do everything we can to have the best game we possibly can", said Karlsson.

When the Penguins got their first turn on the power play, Malkin deked and danced his way around the Senators defence, leading directly to the Trevor Daley shot that Crosby deftly deflected past Anderson.

There really is not too much else to analyze from the last game for the Ottawa Senators. Still, they stressed the importance of finding a way to keep it going in a series that saw the teams alternate wins and losses through the first four games. Lines and pairings for game six are still unconfirmed at this point, but according to coach Guy Boucher this morning, Colin White and Chris Kelly are expected to take the warmup and Ryan Dzingel is back in.

Off a feed from Rust, Maatta sent a slap shot past Anderson's blocker from above the left circle.

“As a player, you do what youre told and try to give your best effort to give the team an opportunity to win.”.

The 22-year-old goalie has been stellar since returning to action as a sub in Game 4 vs. Ottawa after missing the first 2 1/2 rounds of the playoffs due to a lower-body injury he sustained in warmups before the postseason opener.

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