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NHL Centennial

Devils-Senators Game 7 resonates 14 years later

NHL.com's Tom Gulitti calls New Jersey victory favorite playoff memory

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Editor's note: As part of the League's Centennial celebration, NHL.com staff members were asked to write about their favorite Stanley Cup Playoff memory. Today, Staff Writer Tom Gulitti looks back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators on May 23, 2003.

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Olli Maatta emerging as dependable defenseman for Penguins vs. Senators

Staying healthy, providing strong play in all areas during Eastern Conference Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Monday was an optional, but defenseman Olli Maatta was among those who decided to skate. 

No one could blame him for trying to keep his roll going.

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Penguins wary of Senators, won't look past Game 6

Players will remain focused after nearly letting last series slip away

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins must smell blood in the water now.

After dominating the Ottawa Senators from start to finish in a 7-0 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday, they are one win from returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

It's been a long and, at times, challenging road this season compared to the Penguins' run to the Stanley Cup a year ago with the injuries and adversity they've had to overcome. But with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series, the Penguins can finish off the Senators in Game 6 in Ottawa on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Penguins finally get secondary scoring in Game 5 win against Senators

Third line of Nick Bonino, Bryan Rust, Carter Rowney helps Pittsburgh take 3-2 series lead in Eastern Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Fortunately for Nick Bonino and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bonino's drive to PPG Paints Arena on Sunday morning was not an omen for how the rest of their day would go.

Bonino's truck broke down on the way to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators and teammate Phil Kessel had to pick him up on the side of the road.

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Penguins turning to Sidney Crosby for inspiration against Senators

Captain stepping up, leading by example entering Game 5 of Eastern Conference Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- When the Pittsburgh Penguins need inspiration, they often find it in center Sidney Crosby.

They will no doubt look to their captain again in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Penguins hoping for reinforcements against Senators in Game 5

Forwards Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist, Tom Kuhnhackl, defenseman Justin Schultz possible to return from injury

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to get forwards Bryan Rust , Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl , and defenseman Justin Schultz back from their respective injuries soon, and coach Mike Sullivan didn't rule out any of them playing in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"These guys are all day to day and we're hopeful that make progress enough to the point that they can help us in the lineup," Sullivan said Saturday before the Penguins flew back to Pittsburgh.

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Sidney Crosby steps up for Penguins in Game 4 win against Senators

Pittsburgh captain has goal, assist to help even Eastern Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- After struggling offensively through the first three games of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins knew they needed to do something different.

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Matt Murray doesn't miss beat, leads Penguins to Game 4 win vs. Senators

Goalie makes 24 saves in first start since April 6 to help even Eastern Final

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- They were two goaltenders heading in different directions: Matt Murray returning to his role as the Pittsburgh Penguins starter and Marc-Andre Fleury returning to the bench.

Murray did what he always seems to do in these high-pressure situations and made 24 saves to help the Penguins hold on for a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

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Goaltender Matt Murray to start Game 4 for Penguins vs. Senators

Replaces Marc-Andre Fleury, who was pulled in first period of Game 3 loss

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Goaltender Matt Murray will start for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Coach Mike Sullivan made the announcement Friday morning after declining to name his starter Thursday.

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Stanley Cup Playoff postcard: Ottawa

NHL.com's Tom Gulitti goes sightrunning through some of the key spots in Canada's capital

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- My idea was to fit in some exercise while fulfilling my NHL.com postcard responsibilities.

Plus I needed to find something different to write about after Amalie Benjamin and Dan Rosen covered most of Ottawa's fun eating angles earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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