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Sidney Crosby, Erik Karlsson show admiration for each other after Game 7

Penguins, Senators captains share touching moment in handshake line after Eastern Conference Final

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson clearly know greatness when they see it, and they saw it often in the Eastern Conference Final.

Karlsson and Crosby shared a touching moment in the handshake line, showing incredible sportsmanship and admiration for each other after the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 double-overtime win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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NHL LiveWire: Penguins at Senators, Game 7

Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz mic'd up for double-overtime goal to win Eastern Conference Final

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NHL LiveWire: OTT vs. PIT, Gm7

Sens, Pens mic'd up for double OT Game 7 thriller

Listen in as Chris Kunitz scores the double overtime winner against the Senators in Game 7 to send the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final

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WATCH: Announcers call Game 7 double-OT winner by Penguins

Goal by Chris Kunitz gave Pittsburgh victory against Senators, second straight trip to Cup Final

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Can't Miss: Can Pens Repeat?

Kunitz's 2OT goal sends Pens to second straight Final

Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz sends the Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 double overtime goal

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When Chris Kunitz scored in the second overtime for the Pittsburgh Penguins to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Thursday and send them to the Stanley Cup Final, PPG Paints Arena erupted in celebration.

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Senators fans wait in rain to greet team after double OT loss in Game 7

Supporters flock to airport after Ottawa's season ended by Penguins

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Most fans would cry, stew or go to bed after watching their team's season end in double overtime of Game 7, but Ottawa Senators fans showed again why they're world class.

Hordes of Senators fans flocked to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport and waited in the rain to welcome the team home after its 3-2 season-ending loss in double overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday.

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5 Reasons: Why Senators were eliminated

Inability to hold Sidney Crosby in check, subpar special teams led to Ottawa's loss to Penguins in Eastern Conference Final

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators came within one goal of advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2007.

The Senators were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on forward Chris Kunitz's second goal of the game.

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Chris Kunitz is hero for Penguins in Game 7 win against Senators

Scores in second overtime, gives Pittsburgh chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champion

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The puck didn't come off Chris Kunitz's stick cleanly, so it was floating end over end and appeared to have eyes.

But those often are the kind of crazy shots that end marathon games like this one and make heroes of players like Kunitz, who scored 5:09 into the second overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

The Penguins advance to face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins here Monday. They are the first defending champion to return to the Final since the Detroit Red Wings in 2009, and Kunitz's goal kept alive their bid to become the first repeat champion since the Red Wings in 1998.

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Senators in 'utter disbelief' after Game 7, double-overtime loss

Fall one game short of Stanley Cup Final when Penguins score

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Bobby Ryan had the perfect view to watch the Ottawa Senators' season end.

"I just want to go home," Ryan said.

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Senators focus on positives after Game 7 loss to Penguins

Proud of accomplishments despite falling short of Stanley Cup Final

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Somehow through the devastation, the disappointment and the heartbreak, Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson saw hope.

"Not only for me, but for this team and this organization, this was a big step forward in the direction we want to head in," Karlsson said.

The wound that will take an offseason, or maybe longer, to heal, was open for no more than 20 minutes when Karlsson spoke those words. 

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Famous Penguins fans take to Twitter to celebrate Game 7 win

Actors, athletes and more Pittsburgh backers party on social media after victory

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The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't the only ones happy to be back in the Stanley Cup Final. Some of their most famous fans were pumped up about it as well.

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After emotional year, Nicholle Anderson 'couldn't be prouder' of Senators

Wife of goalie Craig Anderson battled throat cancer, posted uplifting words after Game 7 loss

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It would be hard to find an NHL couple that had a more emotional year than Craig Anderson and his wife, Nicholle.

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