There are few things in sports more thrilling than a Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 overtime game, other than a Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 double-OT game. And that’s what we got in Pittsburgh tonight, as the Penguins crushed Ottawan hopes and dreams while answering NBC’s prayers when Chris Kunitz took a pass from Sidney…
After a scoreless first period, the Penguins and Senators opened scoring in Game 7 with back-to-back goals halfway through the second.
Sidney Crosby was the reason Marc Methot lost part of his finger in March, albeit on a routine play, but who needs an airtight reason to pick on Crosby, anyway? As the Ottawa Senators stayed alive with Tuesday’s 2-1 Game 6 win, various players chose to bother the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain in any way they could.
Ottawa almost sold out Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Are you sick of hearing this in the postseason?—The better team didn’t win the game last night. It happens all the time throughout the year but generally goes unmentioned, because the regular-season sample size is large enough that those things are generally supposed to work themselves out over time. But in the…
The Penguins’ 7-0 destruction of Ottawa in Game 5 was such an ass-kicking that it warranted the Jim Ross treatment, a rare honor for an NHL game. But don’t let the brutality distract from some truly awe-inspiring hockey.
The Penguins took a 3-2 series lead on Ottawa today with a 7-0 obliteration. Here are the highlights of that very exciting game, as called by pro wrestling legend Jim “J.R.” Ross.
The best way to shut anyone up—the best comeback for literally anything critical anyone is saying about your team—is to score a whole bunch of goals. The Senators, very accurately derided as a “boring” team to watch thanks to their neutral-zone-coagulating defense and a drowsy transition game, exploded for four goals…
Phil Kessel is relatable, which is a nice way of saying that he’s large and goofy. But as with all world-class athletes, we must resist the urge to see too much of our pathetic selves in him. Kessel is, obviously, one of the most talented offensive players in hockey—he’s quietly having a hell of a postseason, now up…
Bobby Ryan’s goal five minutes into overtime put Ottawa up 1-0 in their Eastern Conference final series against Pittsburgh after the Senators claimed a 2-1 win over the Penguins.
If you want a measure of how valuable defenseman Erik Karlsson is to the Ottawa Senators, all you need to do is look at how much they use him.
Jimmy Vesey’s heroics did not hold up as Ottawa tied up the Rangers with 90 seconds remaining in regulation and then scored 6:28 into overtime as Kyle Turris scored his third career playoff OT goal to give the Senators a 5-4 win and a 3-2 series lead.
The Senators are not a fast team, or at least that’s not how they want to play. They are a team designed to win close, low-scoring games, and they’ve generally done so with an effective defense designed by coach Guy Boucher to funnel everything to the sides of the ice. But the Rangers are barging straight ahead.
The Rangers’s 4-1 pummeling of the Senators in Game 3 was maybe the most expected thing in the world. New York is almost certainly the better team to begin with in this series, and has played like the better team for long stretches of it. Here’s a stat: Still down 2-1 after last night’s win, the Rangers have now led…
The longer the Ottawa Senators stay alive in the playoffs, the more recognition Erik Karlsson is going to get for being one of the greatest hockey players on the planet (and certainly the most underrated). Though Karlsson’s game-winning goal is not exactly evidence of it.
A few months ago, Clarke MacArthur was thinking about retiring. He didn’t know if he’d ever be cleared to play hockey again, and even if he were, he didn’t know if it would be safe. Now he’s a huge reason the Senators are moving on.
Don’t look now, but the Senators have won three straight since we all made fun of that tweet. Smart-asses that we are, maybe we shouldn’t have decided to forget, for the sake of trolling, that possession stats tend to show up on the scoreboard eventually.
When writing a gamer, it can be tough to find just the right verb. You can’t just say a team “won” every time, or that they “beat” their opponents, because overuse gets boring, and you want to convey something of the substance of the game. Did they “dominate,” “thrash,” or “spank” the other team? Or did they merely…
Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson set up Mike Hoffman’s opening goal against the Bruins this evening with an inch-perfect pass he lofted over the heads of a few defenders from his own goal. Hoffman received it coolly and banged in a sly little finish of his own.