Dan Bylsma admits there is a challenge for his team heading into Game 6 in Ottawa on Saturday -- namely rising to the occasion. The Penguins were unable to send the Senators packing Thursday night, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker in triple overtime at Mellon Arena.
Now the team that can recover both physically and emotionally first will have the edge, while the Pens still hold the advantage in the series, leading 3-2.
"It's just the way things work out," said Sidney Crosby, who had a goal and an assist to give him a League-leading 13 points in the playoffs. "It's unfortunate we didn't get it done here. I'm confident if we stick with it we'll get the results we are looking for."
"It is a great challenge for both teams to reset emotionally in very short order after a hard-fought game," Bylsma said. "We travel and play Game 6 and that can be a difficult thing to do. You have to reset emotionally and reset where you're at with your mindset and how you want to play. That goes for both teams.
"Our guys battled long and hard in this one," he said. "We did a lot of good things; we fired a lot of pucks at this guy (Pascal Leclaire). They fought hard and they earned themselves a chance to go back to Ottawa for Game 6.
"We have to get our mindset right and get ready to go back to Ottawa as well and play our very best."
"We have to find a way to make sure we're at our best next game," he said. "We have to make sure we turn the page here.
"You never want to be on this side of triple overtime, but that's the challenge," Crosby said. "That's why you play."