|Posted by Radatz on May 17, 2017 at 11:00 PM|
How things dooo change. Well, sort of. Nobody saw this coming, I'll go out on a nice thick limb and say. In a basically even game shot-wise, Pittsburgh seemed to be more aggressive in the balance but Anderson stopped most of what they had to offer while Fleury let in 4 on the first 9 shots. It wasn't all his fault; most of those goals were either of the way-too-close variety or just good shots. But you can't fire the defense so in came Murray. Flurrymurry. Sorta got a ring to it. Murray was more effective but Ottawa wasn't as aggressive offensively in the 2nd. Pitt had most of the good chances but... when the second horn sounded only Ottawa had scored. The 3rd was garbage time as the Senators managed to neutralize any chance of a huge comeback. Is this a portent of things to come? So far in these playoffs nothing is a portent. Next game is a must for Pitt, that's for sure. Maybe for Ottawa too. Ottawa played its sometimes maddeningly rigid game plan and tonight it worked. How many times were you yelling JSTFP? The Sens held pucks way too long near the net again it seemed, as well as way too long on defense deep in their own zone. But it worked. Pittsburgh's freewheeling combos didn't. Not this night anyway.
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