Kunitz at the double to send Pens to Stanley Cup Finals

Wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is cancer free

Wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is cancer free

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby heaped praise on the Senators, especially the play of Anderson, who gave his team a chance to win. "They were the better team".

"I think it's a little bit of a motivator".

We can hardly wait for next season. It's something that obviously not a lot of teams can do and it takes a lot of effort, it takes a few bounces, it takes a lot of grind day in and day out. "We just continued to find ways and different guys have stepped up and we trust in that and believed in that whoever has come in the lineup has done a great job". The teams split their two meetings during the regular season, with each winning on home ice, with Nashville overwhelming Pittsburgh 5-1 back in November and the Penguins returning the favor with a 4-2 victory in January. All of them failed.

Think teams that play more playoff games are at a disadvantage in the final?

Everyone in the building saw it from the start in Game 7. They'll meet the everybody's new favorite team, the Nashville Predators, in their first Cup appearance in franchise history. Last night's game delivered everything you would expect from a Game 7 and luckily we get to be on the good side of the result. You can just turn it on and let the excitement wash over you. So, I like the Penguins to draw blood first in this series.

The Ottawa goaltender would like to chalk his 45-save masterpiece in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh up to his own brilliance. "Obviously I still love playing the game". We'll all know more after Game 1 Monday night.

One of Rinne's strengths is playing the puck, something the Penguins are aware of in their preparation for him. Neither team had much in the way of great chances but Murray and Anderson made the stops when needed. We played the best team in the league. He's allowing just 1.7 goals per game, with a.941 save percentage.

"It's nice to have something to take your mind off of it", he said.

- Beyond goaltending, Nashville's primary strength is its deep and talented defensive group. Lindholm will out for four to five months, and Vatanen will be sidelined "longer". During the overtime, "Pittsburgh" pinned "Ottawa" to their goal, and naturally won the match.

Crosby ranked the win among the best he has been a part of.

"I think we expected so much from Sidney Crosby early on and, he, through no fault of his own, didn't win almost as much", said Craig Battle.

Certainly, the depth of offensive ability of the Predators' defensemen is unique, something Martin acknowledged. A recent injury has caused him to miss six games, but he is close to returning and the opportunity to stick it to his former team is bound to help get him back on the ice - and right in front of the Nashville net where he will do all the things he does so well, including score goals. Looked like there was good screen on the goalie, looked like he fell down.

"I've definitely seen that one from him before", Crosby said. "It's heartbreaking. You realize we've got two days together here and then we're gone for the summer. Flawless shot. A little bit lucky too, because it was a knuckler". It's gonna be fun.

The revenge factor: James Neal has shown during his three years with the Predators that when he is motivated he can be a real difference-maker. Even as Columbus and Washington and Ottawa kept pushing and prodding, poking and pinching. "We've seen it all it seems like so far", Dumoulin. Sometimes it comes down to luck - with a goal going against you and your seasons's over - so I'm happy that it's not over for us yet.

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