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Kessel, Fleury lift Penguins over Senators, 1-0; series tied 1-1

Kessel, Fleury lift Penguins over Senators, 1-0; series tied 1-1

Their most formidable offensive weapon is a ... defenceman. "Who sweats the most".

And "not great" on Monday, either, as the Senators fell 1-0. If anything, his outburst was simply the physical manifestation of Sullivan's order to stop looking for the ideal shot and just start peppering Anderson looking for a sliver of space.

Game 3 is Wednesday in Ottawa. "Those are the freebies that will kill you", he said.

What killed Ottawa's chances of leaving Pittsburgh two up in the series was a lackluster third period in which they could not even manage a shot on net until after Kessel had scored at the 13:05 mark. "At 5-on-5, I think we doubled them in shots and we gave ourselves enough scoring chances to create offence".

"We didn't do any extraordinary things", Boucher said. The Senators were more physical than Pittsburgh in game 1, out hitting the Penguins.

From late in the second period until after Kessel scored, the Senators went 18:53 without a shot, before Fleury stopped one by Zack Smith, as Pittsburgh came alive.

"Once they all commit to one side. the weak side D is wide open", he said. No one needs it spelled out. Right now, Ottawa is dialed in as much as any team left in the playoffs. And credit a group that plays with a mental toughness that's become one of the defining traits of coach Mike Sullivan's 17-month tenure. "Right now, the information that I'm getting is that he could be back in this series". Pittsburgh LW Chris Kunitz played in his 150th career playoff game, the sixth active player to reach that number. But Anderson, who has been superb in the playoffs, easily turned the scoring attempt away.

Is more overtime in the cards? Just like Rust, Schultz walked down the runway to the training room and never made it back.

Top-line winger Bryan Rust left after he took a big hit from Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf and fell backward onto the ice. Phaneuf concluded the second period by clipping Scott Wilson.

Ottawa lucked into a man advantage early courtesy of a crowd-displeasing trip called on Sheary.

As a result, Ottawa killed all five Pittsburgh power plays, including 45 seconds of 5-on-3 play, and did not allow a plethora of risky chances around the net.

"I don't think it was something that just happened (in Game 1)", Sullivan said.

A Western Conference coach said he thought Game 1 was a continuation of sloppy play in the neutral zone for the Penguins that existed in every game against the Capitals except Game 7.

Fleury and his team can now add another plus to those figures. Sniper Phil Kessel had three shots but also three giveaways and mostly was quiet. "We've got to simplify our game a little bit and just look for opportunities to put more pucks at the net".

In Saturday's overtime loss, he had been held scoreless and was again held off the scoresheet - apart from the penalty list - on Monday.

Twenty-four years ago, destiny was clearly calling the Canadiens, who won a record 10 games in overtime - with seven different overtime goal scorers - en route to the title. He will not be ignored in Ottawa. The Penguins were then stymied both at 5v5 and on the power play, and by the third you could tell they were frustrated.

Ottawa got strong performances from a lot of players, from the crease on out, and they need a repeat performance tonight.

Not that it seems to bother Ottawa. The puck zipped over Fleury's glove and suddenly Ottawa had the lead.

"The puck kind of danced on me", said MacArthur. "So if it's there, I'm going to step up".

MacArthur put the loss in context, pointing out that the Senators were now leaving for home ice with a split against the best team in hockey. "So that was one of the main reasons why we acquired him when we did".