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Senators believe in 'underrated' Craig Anderson against Rangers

Ready to count on goaltender again in Game 2

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Each save seemed more miraculous than the next. There were diving saves, glove saves, pad saves and saves that saved the game and saves that boggled the mind. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in the first period of Game 1 between the Ottawa Senators and the Rangers in their Eastern Conference Second Round series, and 41 in total.

But as eye-popping as those 41 saves by Lundqvist were Thursday, he wasn't the winning goaltender. That was Craig Anderson, who made some outstanding saves of his own in the Senators' 2-1 victory at Canadian Tire Centre.

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Ian Cole raising game for Penguins against Capitals

Defensive defenseman chipping in offensively for Pittsburgh

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WASHINGTON -- To appreciate what Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole can do, replay one shift from their 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Thursday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Cole and defense partner Justin Schultz were out against the Capitals' top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie with the score tied 2-2 in the third period.

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Blues must play with confidence, urgency in Game 2

St. Louis must embrace positives, can't think about consequences of second straight loss

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

ST. LOUIS -- A player's mind can be his worst enemy during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

One game, one period, one shift can cripple a player mentally for days and impact his ability to perform in the next game. The teams and players who best are able to win that mental battle are the ones that normally have the most success in the playoffs.

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Penguins-Capitals Game 1 everything we expected

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin scored; each goalie on top of his game

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday was everything it was supposed to be. The defending Stanley Cup champions vs. the Presidents' Trophy winners. The top two teams in the regular season and two of the top players of their generation going head to head in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored twice early in the second period. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin responded with a goal late in the second, and Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it midway through the third. Penguins center Nick Bonino scored four minutes later. And then, with about three minutes to go, this:

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Nick Bonino comes up big for Penguins against Capitals again

Scores winning goal in Game 1 after Washington had gained momentum

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Nick Bonino began this season's Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals on Thursday the same way he ended the one between them last season.

The difference this time was Bonino didn't wait until overtime to score the winning goal.

Bonino scored on a partial breakaway with 7:24 remaining in the third period to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory in Game 1 at Verizon Center.

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Capitals find many reasons for Game 1 loss to Penguins

Washington blames slow start, preventable goals, poor puck management

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- It was easy for Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz to pinpoint where things took a bad turn in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Thursday.

"The first two minutes of the second (period), that's where it went wrong," Trotz said.

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Oilers getting big boost from unlikely players

None of five game-winners in playoffs scored by top-six forward

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The Edmonton Oilers have been getting big goals from unlikely players so far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Look at the game-winning goals from their five victories, and you won't see top-six forwards Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Maroon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle or Milan Lucic next to any of them on the score sheet.

Adam Larsson is the latest player to unexpectedly step up for the Oilers.

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Ryan Getzlaf can be 'beast' for Ducks

Anaheim needs another big effort from center against Oilers in Game 2

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The best of Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was on full display in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

He scored his Ducks-leading fourth goal of the playoffs, had an assist, blocked three shots and mixed it up with Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera in the final seconds. With the Oilers finishing a 5-3 win, perhaps it was an attempt at sending a message for Game 2 at Honda Center on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

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Predators finally playing up to expectations

Nashville undefeated in playoffs after difficult regular season

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

ST. LOUIS -- The Nashville Predators are, as it turns out, who many of us thought they were.

They just needed to realize it.

The Predators are the only team yet to lose in these Stanley Cup Playoffs. They swept the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks and won Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday.

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Senators prepared for faster game against Rangers

Ottawa believes sticking to structure, playing with speed can work against New York in second round

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot was asked about his biggest concern with playing the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round, which starts Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"They've got a lot of speed," he said.

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