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Pittsburgh-Ottawa playoffs series recap

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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the Eastern Confreres final of the NHL playoffs.

After a hard fought series that went all the way, the Penguins are headed to the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year.

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Here’s a game-by-game recap of the series.

Playoffs series recap

Game 1

Ottawa wins 2-1 OT

In the opening game of the series, the expected underdog Senators picked up a 2-1 victory.

The red hot Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened up the scoring for Ottawa 14:32 into the first with his eighth goal of the playoffs.

Evgeni Malkin answered back for the Penguins when he scored 14:25 into the third.

The first game of the series would need overtime. This had the beginnings of a great series all over it!

Only 4:59 into the first overtime period, Bobby Ryan would score his fifth goal of the playoffs, winning Game 1 for the Senators.

Ottawa now had a 1-0 series lead.

Ottawa outshout Pittsburgh 35-28.

Craig Anderson made 27 saves on 28 shots for Ottawa.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves on 35 shots for Pittsburgh.

Game 2

Pittsburgh wins 1-0

It appeared after the first two periods of this game that no team would ever score.

The first goal of the game didn’t come until 13:05 into the third, when Phil Kessel scored his sixth of the playoffs for the Penguins.

This would end up being the only goal of the game as Pittsburgh won 1-0.

This tied the series up at 1-1.

Pittsburgh outshout Ottawa 29-23.

Fleury saved all 23 shots for the shutout for Pittsburgh.

Anderson made 28 saves on 29 shots for Ottawa.

Game 3

Ottawa wins 5-1

The Senators came out flying in the first period of this game, scoring four goals in the period.

Ottawa got goals from Mike Hoffman, Marc Methot, Derick Brassard, and Zack Smith to quickly take a 4-0 lead.

18:18 into the second, Kyle Turris scored to make it 5-0 for Ottawa.

Sidney Crosby would score 6:07 into the third, making it 5-1 Ottawa.

It would be too little too late as the Senators would win.

Ottawa now had a 2-1 series lead.

The Senators outshout the Penguins 29-26.

Anderson made 25 saves on 26 shots for Ottawa.

Fleury made 5 saves on 9 shots for Pittsburgh.

Matt Murray came in relief for Fleury and made 19 saves on 20 shots for Pittsburgh.

Game 4

Pittsburgh wins 3-2

The Penguins needed to answer after their embarrassing Game 3 loss.

Murray would start in net for Pittsburgh for the first time since getting injured prior to Game 1 of the first round.

When the first had almost come to an end, with only 26 seconds left, Olli Maatta would get his first of the playoffs, and Pittsburgh had a 1-0 lead.

The Penguins grew their lead when Crosby and Brian Dumoulin scored in the second to make it 3-0 Penguins.

Clarke MacArthur finally got Ottawa on the score board when he scored 18:22 into the second.

Down 3-1, Ottawa needed a Game 4 hero.

Tom Pyatt would try to be that hero, scoring 14:59 into the third to make it 3-2 Pittsburgh.

That would all Ottawa would get, however, as Pittsburgh won Game 4 3-2.

The series was once again tied, 2-2.

Pittsburgh outshot Ottawa 35-26.

Murray made 24 saves on 26 shots for Pittsburgh.

Anderson made 32 saves on 35 shots for Ottawa.

Game 5

Pittsburgh wins 7-0

Remember in Game 3 when Ottawa scored four goals in the first period? Pittsburgh remembered.

Just like in Game 3, a team would score four goals in the first period, but this time it was Pittsburgh.

The Penguins had goals from Maatta, Crosby, Bryan Rust, and Scott Wilson in the first.

1:54 into the second period, Matt Cullen would score the only goal of the period, making it 5-0 Penguins.

Pittsburgh would show no mercy, getting another two goals from Kessel and Trevor Daley in the third to make it 7-0.

After the 7-0 blow out, the series was now 3-2 Penguins.

Pittsburgh outshout Ottawa 36-25.

Murray would save all 25 shots for the Pittsburgh’s second shutout of the series.

Anderson made 10 saves on 14 shots for Ottawa.

Mike Condon made 19 saves on 22 shots in relief for Ottawa.

Game 6

Ottawa wins 2-1

The Senators would try to do what Pittsburgh did after they got blown up in Game 3, bounce back.

After no goals in the first, things weren’t going as planed for Ottawa when Malkin scored 4:51 into the second to make it 1-0 Pittsburgh.

After some time had passed in the second, Ryan would get the tying goal for Ottawa.

Ottawa kept it going into the third, as Hoffman scored 1:34 into the third, giving the Senators a 2-1 lead.

Ottawa would hold on to win this game, and tie the series at 3-3.

Pittsburgh outshout Ottawa 46-30.

Anderson made 45 saves on 46 shots for Ottawa.

Murray made 28 saves on 30 shots for Pittsburgh.

The best two words in sports followed.

Game 7

Pittsburgh wins 3-2

What’s better than a game 7? Anything? Well, maybe a Game 7 overtime.

People were waiting to see what team would come out and grab that first period goal, and grab a huge Game 7 lead. But neither team could find the back of the net in the first period. Now we headed to the second.

At 9:55 into the second, the Penguins scored! Who could it be? Surely it had to be one of the “big dogs” (Crosby or Malkin.) Nope, it was Chris Kunitz. This was his first goal of the playoffs.

So, will this deflate the Senators, or can they bounce back? Let Mark Stone answer that for you.

10:15 into the second, just 20 seconds after the Kunitz goal, Stone scored his fifth goal of the playoffs. We were all tied up at 1.

But, 11:44 into the third period, Justin Schultz snaps home for the Penguins second goal of the game. It was 2-1 Pittsburgh.

Every passing second was becoming huge. Ottawa’s got to answer if they want to keep their season alive.

That’s when forward Ryan Dzingel answered the call, scoring with 5:19 remaining in regulation time and tying the game at 2.

The rest of the third would go back and forth, but no one could get a late goal. We were going to a Game 7 overtime!

Just like the last few minutes of the third, the first overtime period would go back and forth, but no one could score.

People around hockey were getting anxious, and tired, as we headed to a second overtime period.

Then, just 5:09 into the second overtime period, the hockey world had a hero to thank for finally being able to go to sleep, as Kunitz would slap home the series winner and send Pittsburgh into the Stanley Cup Final.

This was Kunitz’s second goal of the game, series, and playoffs. He couldn’t have picked a better time to score!

Pittsburgh outshout Ottawa 42-29.

Murray made 27 saves on 29 shots for Pittsburgh.

Anderson made 39 saves on 41 shots for Ottawa.

Now what?

For Ottawa the future is interesting.

Few people expected them to beat Boston in the first round. And then they weren’t expected to have a chance against the New York Rangers. So, for them this season, and this postseason especially, were a huge success.

Ottawa doesn’t appear to have any worrying unrestricted free agents, so, from their perspective, why can’t they make another deep run next season?

But some people aren’t buying in. Ottawa barley made the playoffs. They were statistically the worst team during the regular season of the playoff teams and they statistically didn’t perform great against Pittsburgh in the conference final.

In a TSJ Sports poll, the NHL writers were split on what success Ottawa will have next season.

One writer thinks they’ll miss the playoffs next year.

Two writers think they’ll make the playoffs, but will be knocked out in the first round.

One writer thinks they’ll make the playoffs and get to the second round before being eliminated.

For Pittsburgh it’s simple, the future is the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll play the Nashville Predators.