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Sens @ Penguins - Game #5 Preview

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

With the Eastern Conference Final even at 2-2, the Sens head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.

The Sens are perfect in matinee games during these playoffs posting a 4-0 combined record against the Bruins and Rangers with all of their wins coming in overtime. The "Sens aren't good in afternoon games" narrative (that was already pretty inaccurate) can officially be put to rest.

As the team prepares for Game 5, they will be more focused on their mindset instead of spending time on the ice as they've once again opted not to skate this weekend.

"It's all about desperation at this time of the year," Boucher shared with the media before traveling to Pittsburgh on Saturday. "You've got desperation for 10 minutes then they've got desperation for 10 minutes and it's back and forth but that's what it's all about."

"That's why this sport is so great and that's why the Stanley Cup Finals are so much fun to watch."

The Sens may also receive some reinforcements for Game 5 as both Alex Burrows and Mark Borowiecki are nearing a return. The coach hinted on Saturday that both "could be in" so stay tuned for line-up developments as we get closer to game time.

Video: May 20: Guy Boucher - Off-day Media 

 

Previous game

Things just weren't clicking on Friday night for the Sens. The passes were a little bit off, the bounces went the wrong way and in the end their late-game push just couldn't generate the tying goal.

"I found that we fumbled a lot of pucks and we didn't look sharp at all in the first two periods," said Boucher during his post-game media availability. "We gave a push, we always do but in the end, their third goal is a puck that bounces off our skate and goes in our net. And at the end there, we hit the post. We could have tied it but they were the better team for two periods and they deserved the game."

After limiting the Penguins to just 3 goals in the first 3 games of the series, the Sens found themselves in a 3-0 hole mid-way through Game 4. Goals from Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt down the stretch put the game within reach for Ottawa but they ultimately fell to the Penguins 3-2.

Full highlights from Game 4 below...

Video: OTT Recap: Sens' comeback falls short in Game 4 loss

 

Sens to watch

Bobby Ryan now has points in 3 of the 4 games in this series and his 5 total points (1G + 4A) makes him the leading scorer in the Eastern Conference Final so ar. He also seems to possess eyes in the back of his head or perhaps some kind of echolocation powers...I'm not really sure to be honest but he definitely harnessed some kind of supernatural ability to find Clarke MacArthur alone in front of the Penguins' goal to get the Sens on the board in Game 4.

Video: PIT@OTT, Gm4: MacArthur deflects home Ryan's setup

 

Broadcast

As we mentioned above, we've got ourselves a 3 p.m. start time on Sunday in Pittsburgh and you can catch the game on CBC, NBC and TVAS. There is also always a seat for you at on of our many official Sens Army Headquarters for the playoffs and you can find them all here.

Tweet from @SensHouseOttawa: It was PACKED tonight at Sens House! Amazing fans and energy! �������������� #ALLIN �� by Ryan Stacey pic.twitter.com/b1vEcjAfWs

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