Monday's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview: Penguins at Senators

Olli Määttä and Carter Rowney celebrate a goal Sunday with smoke from the scoreboard drifting above.- MATT SUNDAY  DKPS

Olli Määttä and Carter Rowney celebrate a goal Sunday with smoke from the scoreboard drifting above.- MATT SUNDAY DKPS

Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2 and can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final as soon as Tuesday, when Game 6 is scheduled at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Nick Bonino nearly didn't didn't make it to Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena in time for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Senators coach Guy Boucher believes his squad got overly excited in Game 5, losing its identity by trying to go head to head with the Penguins, playing a run-and-gun skill game.

Oh, you've come to relive Game 5 in the NHL Eastern Conference Final, between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins?

Matt Murray, Penguins - Murray might not get enough credit for his play in such a lopsided affair, but the 22-year-old has stopped 68 of 71 shots since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury in game four. "We know that tomorrow night's going to be their best game, and it's going to be our best as well".

Good teams depend on their stars to win them games. Kessel scored a power play goal and added an assist of his own.

Pittsburgh was out of gas against Washington heading into Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinal, having lost consecutive games, including a crushing 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh in Game 6.

"I just think we come to the rink and play", he said. They have allowed only nine goals in the series - that drops to four if you remove the abysmal effort during Game 3 - and they have scored 11 goals in their past three. Ottawa pulled goalie Craig Anderson after it fell behind 3-0, but let Mike Condon play for only a minute before sending Anderson back in for the rest of the first period. "But more than that, spending time in the offensive zone and grinding and playing some good hockey and I think the last couple games, especially, that's been key".

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals back-to-back seasons.

NOTES: The Senators went 0 for 4 on the power play and are 0 for 29 in their last 29 chances with the man advantage.

The Penguins looked like their previous selves, on another planet from the Senators.

This marks Malkin's seventh goal and 24th point of the postseason.

Head coach Guy Boucher hinted at either White or veteran Chris Kelly drawing into the lineup if the club opted to dress 12 forwards and six defencemen against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. "We chose to shorten the bench a bit and come back (fresher) for the next one", Karlsson told reporters, with Boucher admitting as much in resting fellow defenseman Cody Ceci and forward Derick Brassard in the final period. Carter Rowney had three assists for Pittsburgh.

"Us getting the first game, it gives us a little more confidence, but we know it's still a pretty big task ahead".

General manager David Poile detailed Johansen's condition in a statement Sunday, two days after Nashville announced the top scorer's season had been ended by a thigh injury after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Wingels might be even be suspended for game 6. Bonino's experience mixed with his playmaking ability gives the new third line for the Penguins everything they need to have a positive impact on the game.

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