Pittsburgh dominates in Game 5 win

Rufina Vignone
Mag 23, 2017

The clock may simply have struck midnight.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) rushes the net as Pittsburgh Penguins center Scott Wilson (not pictured) scores against Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first period in game five of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena.

"It was just a crap game", said centre Kyle Turris.

Boucher also added that defenseman Mark Borowiecki, who has not played since Game 2 of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins, is "possible" to play on Tuesday while forward Alex Burrows is not as likely to play. We can't do that.

There was a third goal, we'll spare you. "That's something we can take into this game". Join the Pens Labyrinth team! Often, each is its own snowflake.

Boucher recalled the message he delivered before the postseason began.

“Thats been what weve done all year and through the playoffs so (Tuesday) were coming in fresh and ready to go.”. They knew the game was over - everyone knew that was over by the middle of the first period - but momentum has a amusing way of shifting at the strangest times.

Central to their woes is a horrific power play, which has gone empty in 29 opportunities over the last 10 games. He's coaxed an terrible lot of his team this season and is taking an interesting approach with a must-win game to play.

"Pittsburgh" and "Ottawa" continue the final series of the Eastern conference for a place in the Stanley Cup finals. "As I've said all along here, this group has a knack for responding the right way to any of the adversities or the challenges that this team has been faced with". "Whenever you get them back, it's good".

The one-sided nature of this loss came with some silver linings. Two minutes after that, the door was shut on Scott Wilson's goal. 4-0.

Karlsson, who has been playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, had the same thing happen to him in Game 4 against the New York Rangers in the second round.

And there were still two periods to play.

Erik Karlsson says he'll be fine.

This is what the Penguins need and this is what they have finally started to reach.

"They have a good ability to respond, so we're going to be challenged here in Game 6", said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who scored for the third straight and became the 22nd player in National Hockey League history to reach 100 career playoff assists when he sent a slick backhand no-look pass to Phil Kessel early in the third period.

The stars have come to play.

The Senators looked stunned after the four-goal first period outburst, unable to find their footing on ice that appeared tilted against them. Instead, they should be having flashbacks from the Rangers series a couple of weeks ago.

The Ottawa Senators need a victory here if they're going to force a game seven on Thursday.

They still have Pekka Rinne in net. They made some good shots. That wears you out. If Justin Schultz is back next game, which is likely, Streit will return to the press box. I don't think it was the defining goal ...

On the women's side, Elina Svitolina surged to No. 1 in the rankings by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Ryan wasn't planning on reviewing any tape of the game.

Same as it ever was under Sullivan, who is 12-2 following a playoff loss with the Penguins. "Everybody knows that on the planet", said Boucher, who has grown comfortable playing the underdog card in these playoffs. They didn't lose three in a row in regulation time all season, but the stakes have never been this high. They head home a little dinged up too.

Except one: The Senators have repeatedly defied expectations this spring and have at least one more chance to extend their season.

"He's a heat-seeking missile, that's what he is", Boucher said.

As poorly as the Penguins played Saturday night, it really wasn't all that surprising considering Pittsburgh just finished off a tough series versus the Capitals three days earlier.

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