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Game Preview: Pens-Sens (Game 6)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year in a Game 6 elimination contest. 


MATCH: Penguins vs. Senators

SERIES: Eastern Conference Final, 3-2 PIT

TIME: 8 p.m. EST

PLACE: Canadian Tire Centre


RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X


The Pens have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year. Pittsburgh could be the first team to win back-to-back Eastern Conference championships since, well, Pittsburgh in 2008 and '09 … Pittsburgh took a 3-2 series lead following a dominating 7-0 victory in Game 5. The 7-0 victory was the largest margin of victory in a conference final since May 31, 2002: Detroit 7, Colorado 0 … The Pens had 7 different goal scorers and 11 players record at least a point … Goaltender Matt Murray posted his 2nd career shutout with 26 saves … The third line contributed 7 points from Bryan Rust (1G-1A), Nick Bonino (2A) and Carter Rowney (3A). Rowney's 3 assists were his first career playoff points … Rust has 8 goals in 12 career elimination games ... The Pens went 3 for 3 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill. Pittsburgh has killed off all 15 Ottawa power plays in the series … Pittsburgh injuries: Patric Hornqvist (upper-body), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Justin Schultz (upper-body) … Ottawa played the 3rd period of Game 5 without forward Derick Brassard and defenseman Erik Karlsson. After the game head coach Guy Boucher said he wanted them to rest and they will be available for Game 6 … Goaltender Craig Anderson was pulled (twice) in Game 5. He surrendered four goals on 14 shots in the first period. Mike Condon, who replaced him, allowed three goals on 22 shots … Ottawa injuries: Mark Borowiecki (lower-body), Alex Burrows (lower-body).


*The Pens held an optional morning skate. Notable absences: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin, Ron Hainsey, Olli Maatta. 

*None of the injured Pens were on the ice (Hornqvist, Kuhnhackl, Ruhwedel, Schultz). Hornqvist, Kuhnhackl and Ruhwedel stayed in Pittsburgh to rehab. Schultz made the trip, but is also rehabbing. All three are making progress, according to head coach Mike Sullivan. 

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