National Hockey League roundup: Senators force Game 7


The Senators remain one of the NHL's worst draws, and they're having problems selling all of the tickets to Tuesday night's Eastern Conference finals Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game the Sens must win to force a Game 7 against the Pens.

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in game seven of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the PPG Paints Arena.

Mike Hoffman scored the victor 1 minute, 34 seconds into the third period, Bobby Ryan picked up his sixth goal of the playoffs, and Craig Anderson made 45 saves. The game was keep the ball in the air, and if it hit the ground on your watch, you're out.

Head coach Mike Sullivan knows the fourth win in any series can be the most hard to get, especially against the determined Senators.

Penguins beat Senators 3-1.

"I think what he's done all year, in terms of focus and rebounding and coming up with big saves, I think, is at the forefront of what these guys have been doing", Boucher said. "A lot of good players, a lot of good teams". The Senators didn't reach the playoffs a year ago, and the franchise hasn't played in a Game 7 since 2012.

Yet the first six games haven't necessarily favored either pattern completely.

The reality is, Game 7 is a flip of the coin and it really doesn't matter where it's held so the Penguins don't have a huge home-ice advantage in this one.

Much was made of the fact the building wasn't full, but the crowd had lots to cheer about as Bobby Ryan also scored for the Senators on Matt Murray, who will try to secure their first Game 7 victory in franchise history - they're 0-5 so far.

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The Penguins may not have won Game 6, but they still had a strong showing.

"You can't change what happens in the past", said Anderson, who has credited work with a sports psychologist early in his career for helping him manage the mental side of the game.

With 15 points, Ryan is second in team scoring, behind Erik Karlsson and his 16, and tied with Nashville's Filip Forsberg for ninth in the league. Craig Anderson has given up 43 goals on 548 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed four goals on 32 shots.

The Penguins took a 3-2 series lead with a blowout 7-0 win over the Sens in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Schultz leads all Pittsburgh defencemen with eight points in 14 games this post-season. If the Penguins repeat their performance as Malkin says, it's very likely Anderson won't stop close to 98 percent of the shots he sees again. "But at the same time, we want to take those good feelings from the last couple games".

"I think there's two types of people: people that see difficulties in opportunities, and people who see opportunities in difficulties", said during a post-skate news conference.

"We're a confident group", said Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.

"Whatever it takes. I think you've got to be prepared for anything, stay in the moment as best you can", Anderson said. Following the tone Malkin set, the Penguins played a flawless road Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. "I think we're in trouble". He has five points in his past four playoff games.

"The other day in the room we had Burrows talk even though he's injured and we had Kelly talk".