Senators draw first blood in conference final

The Senators opened the Eastern Conference final according to coach Guy Boucher's plan by frustrating the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins - including holding them to 0-for-5 on the power play - as Bobby Ryan scored the victor to give Ottawa 2-1 overtime victory at the PPG Paints Arena.

A day after they slowed, stalled and ultimately outlasted the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on the road in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, the Ottawa Senators found much of the narrative surrounding them carried a hey-how'd-you-do-that tone.

"We didn't do any extraordinary things", Boucher said.

Consider the forward all caught up.

Bobby Ryan, who had an extra gear all night, caught Maatta flat-footed in overtime, bursting past the Penguins defenceman to score the breakaway victor.

The Sens have an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Final series against the Penguins tonight at 8 p.m.in Pittsburgh. "When you have that confidence behind you, it's a lot easier to play". The past two games between the teams at PPG Paints Arena averaged 12 goals, with each easily going over the total. "You have to sacrifice your body to get success and get the result".

Taking the game into overtime tied at 1, they eventually dropped the ball and allowed the surprising Ottawa Senators to take a 1-0 series lead.

On Sunday morning, Sullivan showed the Penguins video of all the occasions Game 1 when firing a shot would have been a better choice.

"We know they have a good power play", Pageau said. If anything, he's embraced it. Now Ottawa finds itself on equal footing and hardly appeared intimidated by the stage.

Evgeni Malkin's goal late in the third period forced overtime, but the defending Stanley Cup champions struggled to generate any consistent pressure. The Senators will look to beat the Penguins through a strong transition when playing offence while controlling the neutral zone while on defence.

It wasn't exactly an very bad game for Crosby, though, just maybe one he'd like back.

Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher told the press yesterday that Viktor Stalberg, who was absent from Game 1 and is now listed as day-to-day would skate on his own and could be available for game 2. Everything we saw in Game 1 on Saturday was a tweaking and perfection of the changes adopted against NY.

The Penguins were doing everything right.

He also had an overtime victor in the first round against the Boston Bruins. There were some shots from in close, there were hit posts, but there were no goals.

Maybe the most interesting storyline in this series will be the undeniable showdown between two of the game's best players: the head-to-head match-up between opposing captains Sidney Crosby and Erik Karlsson.

From behind the Penguins' net after a turnover by Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin, Ryan sent a soft backhander out front to Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who one-timed the puck past the glove of Fleury at 14:32. "Ottawa" replied successful outing - Ryan intercepted the puck at the gate and gave a ideal pass to Pajot, who remained a few meters away to slam the disc into the net. When you're turning pucks over, they're going to come back and they're going to get chances.

"Our players are really good at not fearing the outcome, and we play the way we play", Boucher said.

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