Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ottawa Senators Look Good After Game 1 Victory

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ottawa Senators Look Good After Game 1 Victory

Not bad for starters, not bad at all.

When Bobby Ryan burned past Olli Maatta in overtime and scored the victor on Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Senators the early lead on Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference final Saturday, it marked Ottawa's sixth extra time victory of the playoffs.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged his team to stop searching for the flawless shot and just fire it at Anderson instead after Pittsburgh struggled to create any traffic in front of the goaltender during a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1. Ryan, in alone, had a two-point night and top-shelf on the backhand to beat Marc-Andre Fleury at 4:59 of overtime. New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) fights for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (65) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in.

"It felt great obviously", said a thrilled Ryan. I catch an edge, it's in the net. Chris Kunitz took a shot from the left boards and Evgeni Malkin, pirouetting on his skates, managed to get his stick on the shot and change its direction just enough to elude Anderson.

"I liked a lot of things". The Penguins have controlled just 42 percent of the even-strength shot attempts against opponents this postseason, the only surviving team under 50 percent.

"Our expectation was this was going to be a hard fought series, and that's exactly what is started", said head coach Mike Sullivan.

The Senators weren't anxious about giving up the lead. "We stay calm, regardless of what's happening". He could help us get out of our end zone. "I just think we have to recognize where the opportunities are on the rink to create, and there's going to be some situations where we can't".

Through two rounds, Ottawa players have done a good job keeping their eyes in the prize.

This is a burden the entire Penguins team has to share and quickly fix or else they'll be in an 0-2 hole going to Ottawa. The puck snuck its way past Fleury at the right post, but it was reviewed and ruled the whistle blew first.

Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury made 22 saves to earn his second shutout of the playoffs, and second in three games, as well as the 10th of his career in the post-season.

That didn't sit well with the Senators or their faithful.

Reminder: if you're excitedly texting your pals about big Ottawa Senators goals, keep an eye on that sneaky autocorrect function.

Pittsburgh had 5:50 of power-play time in the first period, including 45 seconds of five-on-three play, but it was Ottawa that scored first.

Similar to No. 1, this adjustment shouldn't be a problem for Pittsburgh, which owns one of the best "front of the net pests" in wing Patric Hornqvist.

Perhaps the musical intimidation worked, because it would be Ottawa scoring first - specifically, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the man who terrorized NY so thoroughly in Game 2 of the previous series. Bobby Ryan collected the loose puck behind the Penguins net and sent a no-look backhanded pass to Jean-Gabriel Pageau near the the right face-off circle. "Obviously, our best penalty killer was [Anderson]".

"We were prepared for it", forward Bryan Rust said, "but it does look a little different when you're playing against it". They played a near-perfect road game on Saturday against a powerhouse and they dictated the pace of play.

As much as the parallels between the Senators of today and the Canadiens of a previous generation are intriguing, nobody in the dressing room is dreaming, looking too far ahead.

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