Sport Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series

06:35  20 may  2017
06:35  20 may  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Penguins approach evening Eastern Conference final in stride

  Penguins approach evening Eastern Conference final in stride Pick up Saturday’s game, plop it down in the middle of January, and nobody bats an eyelash. A 2-1 overtime loss. Not a ton happening either way. One of 82. Look ahead to the next one. The only problem is that this isn’t January. It’s the Eastern Conference final, the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the natural tendency is to freak out over every little thing. Unless, of course, you’re Penguins coach Mike Sullivan and his staff. Facing a 1-0 series deficit, the Penguins took the same approach to a practice Sunday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex as they would have with a 1-0 series lead, the same-no-matter-what mindset that the team has adopted for nearly all of Sullivan’s tenure here.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates past Andre Burakovsky of the Washington Capitals in the third period of Game 1 on Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2. Silfverberg scores in OT as Ducks top Oilers 4-3 in Game 4. Tarasenko scores 2, Blues beat Predators 3 - 2 to even series .

Lindberg scored two goals, Glass had two assists and the Rangers beat the Senators 4-1 on Thursday night to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Washington's comeback spoiled the return of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby after a one-game absence due to a concussion.

  Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the resurgent Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.

Crosby had only one point as the defending champion Penguins dropped two of the first three, leading to questions about his health following a jarring concussion in the second round.

BOX SCORE: PENGUINS 3, SENATORS 2

Matt Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs after Marc-Andre Fleury was chased in the first period Wednesday night in the Penguins' 5-1 loss in Game 3. Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta added goals to help Pittsburgh take a 3-0 lead midway through the second period.

NHL playoffs: Penguins look to take more shots in Game 2 vs. Senators

  NHL playoffs: Penguins look to take more shots in Game 2 vs. Senators Pittsburgh was outshot 35-28 in an overtime loss against Ottawa to start the series.The Pittsburgh Penguins’ plan for Monday's Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators follows the logic of the memorable Wayne Gretzky quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2. Silfverberg scores in OT as Ducks top Oilers 4-3 in Game 4. Tarasenko scores 2, Blues beat Predators 3 - 2 to even series .

Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt scored for Ottawa.

Game 5 is Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Starting for the first time in more than six weeks, Murray made a strong stop on Mike Hoffman less than two minutes into the game and denied Viktor Stalberg on a pair of follow-up opportunities. The goalie made maybe his best stop on Derick Brassard's backhander, kicking the shot away with his right pad.

Fleury started the first 15 games for Pittsburgh with Murray mostly sidelined by injury.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring with 46 seconds left in the first period when Maatta went down the left side and fired a short-side shot past on Anderson. Crosby set up the play.

Pittsburgh's already battered defense took another blow late in the first when Bobby Ryan hit Chad Ruhwedel. Ian Cole immediately throttled Ryan, as Ruhwedel was down on the ice. Ryan somehow escaped a charging penalty on the play, and Cole drew the only call for roughing.

Joe Starkey: The Penguins can win any which way

  Joe Starkey: The Penguins can win any which way A respected colleague approached me after the second period Monday and said: “Sure seems like the Penguins are pressing here, and the Senators look perfectly comfortable in this kind of game. They could do this forever.” Yeah, well, I’m not so sure about that. Especially, the first part.Seems to me the Penguins are comfortable in any kind of game — including a scoreless tie in which they are spending most of their time in the other team’s end.Coach Mike Sullivan spoke the truth after the 1-0 victory when he said, “What I love about this group of players is we can win different ways.

The Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to survive without injured star Sidney Crosby . Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2. Silfverberg scores in OT as Ducks top Oilers 4-3 in Game 4. Tarasenko scores 2, Blues beat Predators 3 - 2 to even series .

Image 01. Image 02. Image 03. Image 04. Image 05. Image 06. Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is practising with the team Friday.

The Pens are already without Kris Letang, who is done for the playoffs, and Justin Schultz, who missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Crosby's brilliance showed up again midway through the second on a power play after Jean-Gabriel Pageau ripped off the Pittsburgh star's helmet in a scrum around the net.

Crosby stationed himself right on the doorstep to Anderson's left, his right leg hugging the post for support. That didn't allow him to score on the initial setup from Jake Guentzel, but helped him to bang in the follow-up for the 2-0 lead. Guentzel had two assists.

Dumoulin made it 3-0 less than four minutes later with a shot from the left point that caromed in off Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf's skate.

Ottawa had mostly neutralized the high-powered Penguins in the first three games, holding them to just three goals -- a mark they equaled in less than 32 minutes of Game 4. Pittsburgh seemed to find more speed, got more shots in tight and capitalized on opportunities around the net.

Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation

  Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation Mike Sullivan isn't any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday's critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. The defending Stanley Cup champions have relied heavily on Marc-Andre Fleury during their run to the NHL's final four, but he faltered in Game 3, allowing four goals in just over 13 minutes before being pulled for Matt Murray in a 5-1 loss that gave the Senators a 2-1 lead in the series.Sullivan doesn't plan on naming a starter until after his team's skate on Friday morning.''I've said all along, we have two great goalies,'' Sullivan said Thursday.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3 - 2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night. Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it in the third, but Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32

A 3 - 2 Washington Capitals victory over the Penguins on Monday kept the Eastern Conference semifinal series from turning into a laugher. But the visual of Sidney Crosby leaving the ice with what appeared to be a head injury was a nightmare.

Following that initial flurry in the first, the Senators had little going right until the last two minutes of the second when Ryan found MacArthur with a crafty backdoor pass for Ottawa's first goal.

The Sens pulled within one with five minutes left when Pyatt got a skate on Erik Karlsson's already-deflected point shot.

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