Pittsburgh has won three of four and three straight. So it's not like they were completely without opportunities to score. It's one game, sure, but it's one more game than some expected them to win.
I just said that we're gonna look at everything and try to get better so I'm not really thinking that [way]. It works for them, seeing as they're one of the final four teams in the playoffs.
After Pittsburgh scored with just over five minutes to play in regulation of Game 1 on Saturday, Ottawa winger Bobby Ryan ended it with a nifty goal just minutes into the overtime period.
The series resumes with Game 2 at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Just don't tell that to the Senators.
The Senators, with their 1-3-1 defense, present a much different look than the Washington Capitals, who the Penguins defeated in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
T.J. Oshie said that he doesn't know about his future in Washington at this time, but would like to come back.
Of the Senators' nine playoff wins so far, eight have been by one goal.
Maybe that "luck" that Ottawa had vs. the Rangers is actually a bit more than that, since many were writing off the Senators in this series vs. the Penguins.
Two of the 21 NHL.com and NHL Network "experts" who made predictions for the conference finals picked Ottawa.
The Senators aren't putting up a lot of goals and I don't expect that to change today in Pittsburgh.
"I talked to (Russia's coach) and just said I'm not able to help the team", Ovechkin added. "We're both here for a reason". We've fixed a lot of things, we're gonna fix it. The Senators took a hooking penalty 3:43 into the match, but held on.
That ruined goalie Craig Anderson's shot at his second shutout of the playoffs. "I like our chances".
The key now will be trying to build on their performance in Game 2 on Monday night. Ottawa is at its best when it slows the game down, forces turnovers in the neutral zone and quickly counterattacks. His breakaway in overtime served as a reminder of the Senators' quick-strike abilities. I said before I would trade all the offence in the world to be in the Eastern Conference final, so I'm pretty happy about it. While the price is downright bad, I like the better team to draw first blood in game one of this series. You name it, they have it. "They've got some depth".
Mentally, they're also dealing with the way it went down and the hard transition to a summer of changes.
"It was tough to play against the Rangers because of that. I think it just comes down to being patient and not getting frustrated".
Saturday's victory marked the sixth overtime win of the 2017 playoffs for the Sens. We have a great group of guys.
"I thought five-on-five, we played well", said Boucher.
Coach Guy Boucher steadfastly has embraced the underdog role in the postseason to the point that he virtually squeezed the life out of the subject. They owe nothing to the game of hockey. They know they're not the favorites in this series. He does not need surgery, but as was reported yesterday, did receive painkilling injections for them and will see doctors in the D.C. area for physical therapy. They would stand behind their net waiting for a forecheck that simply wasn't coming. The Penguins are already without their best defensemen Kris Letang as he continues to recover from season-ending neck surgery, and Trevor Daley and forward Carl Hagelin will miss Game 1 and are listed as day-to-day.