In one of the most memorable Game Sevens in team history, the Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators in double overtime to clinch the NHLs Eastern Conference en route to the franchises sixth Stanley Cup Final appearance. Last nights game will go down in team history, along with Pittsburgh history, due to part to being a memorable game, but also because through of the heartbreaking losses on home ice in Game Sevens, it makes it quite enjoyable.
In the first period, the Senators had the better of the start, and play, but they couldn't get past Matt Murray. It was however fitting that they were awarded the first powerplay of the game, which came to no avail. 0-0 after one.
Halfway through the second frame, the Pens were able to get the ice breaker as Conor Sheary and Chris Kunitz lead a 2 on 1 rush, in which Kunitz would finish. However, the Pens lead would last only twenty seconds as Mark Stone fired a shot top shelf past Murray, notching it at 1-1.
In the third, the Pens and Sens traded chances back and forth, but neither could break through. Then with roughly eight and a half minutes to go in the frame, Phil Kessel drew the only powerplay of the game for the Pens. The human traffic cone, Dion Phaneuf, interfered with Phil in the offensive. Senators centerman Derrick Brassard was all jammed up over the calling, same for Guy Boucher, as they felt Kessel embellished it, but referee Wes McCauley didn't buy it.
In first game back since Game Two, Justin Schultz fired a snap shot from above the slot past Anderson making it a 2-1 game.
The lead would last a little bit longer until it was tied thanks to Ryan Dzingel. His goal happened as Dumoulin lost his man due in part to him and Hainsey switch sides moment before it happen.
Despite a couple of chances by each club, the game would go into overtime.
Throughout the first overtime the Pens had multiple chances to end it. Phil Kessel had two great chances to end it, but couldn't. His second chance went off the post, and rode off the top of the net. Shout out to the in-house video guy for showing an awful replay of the puck looking like it was in, when it was on top of the net. Much like the third, the first overtime ended tied.
In the second overtime, Chris Kunitz delivered the winner. Off a Bryan Rust dump in, Conor Sheary chased down puck. Kept it in, and after a couple seconds, Sidney Crosby would dish a pass off to Kunitz for the one-timer past a screened Craig Anderson. Pens win 3-2 and clinch the Eastern Conference for the second consecutive year.
Chris Kunitz finished the game with three points, 2G & 1A.
His first goal was his first since he scored vs the Jets in February.
The Pens held Ottawa to only four shots in overtime.
Erik Karlsson was a force in this game as he helped set up both Ottawa goals.
After the game, he had a moment with Kris Letang.
If not for Craig Anderson, this game and series, probably ends much sooner.
Conor Sheary was very good in his return after being scratched the last two games.
In the cap era, the Pens have the most series victories, 20, and overall games won, 87.
Watch out for all of the new bandwagon Predator fans IMO.
Our @bobbles412 almost dislocated his arm during his celebration of the winner by Kunitz.
Apparently, Bobby Orr called Gary Bettman after Game Six, to say that Crosby should be protected better, and not take the abuse that he endured in Game Six.
As hes done the last two times, Crosby touched the Prince of Wales Trophy.
Mario did the same both times as well.
Last night was the 26th anniversary of the Pens first Stanley Cup victory.
Nashville is currently restricting ticket sales to those around the Nashville region.
Don Cherry sucks.
He bashed Phil Kessel for having fun and being an American.
Last nights rating in the Pittsburgh viewing region was a 29.7, which is the highest of any Penguins game on NBCSN, including previous Stanley Cup Final.
Pens are the only team in the expansion era to go back to back with finals appearances on three separate occasions.
Lastly, the Pens are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive year.
Game One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final is Monday Night at 8:00 PM on NBC
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