"I think it was a complete restart", said Ryan, who set up Pageau's series-opening goal before the latter returned the favor on the former's overtime tally at 4:59 to give Ottawa a 2-1 victory Saturday.
After stepping up in the opener of the Eastern Conference final, the Ottawa Senators forwards look to put the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on the ropes Monday when the teams reconvene at PPG Paints Arena for Game 2.
Anderson made 27 saves for the Senators, who are seeking their second Stanley Cup finals appearance and first since 2007.
For the Senators to be coming home with a split is great, but taking both on Penguin home ice would be tremendous and force the Pens to win 4 of the next 5 games, not impossible but certainly a daunting task for any team against any opponent.
Consider the forward all caught up.
But until you see it in person, see how consistently and religiously the Senators execute, it's truly impossible to visualize.
And the set-up pass for Kessel's second game-winning goal of these playoffs came from none other than Malkin. "You want to dictate". In the regular season, Crosby led the National Hockey League with 44 goals. "That's all I'm trying to do".
After dropping game 1 in overtime, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to even the series with the Ottawa Senators. Like people here have said, Ottawa's system changed and Sullivan didn't seem ready for it. The Penguins and Senators tallied four shots each when those two standouts shared the ice.
"I've always been a believer that nothing breaks down coverage better than a shot on goal", Sullivan said. "We won't get too excited". Pittsburgh didn't back away. If anything, he's embraced it. He's eager to remind everyone that he's only one component of a defensive group that has driven the Predators to these unprecedented postseason heights. Now Ottawa finds itself on equal footing and hardly appeared intimidated by the stage. Sidney Crosby needs to start scoring for Pittsburgh.
"I think we've got to simplify the game a little bit", said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. Fleury spent long stretches with nothing to do as the Penguins hemmed Ottawa in its own end. "We're going to take each game as it comes". Here's a video of the Penguins playing with a carefully clogged neutral zone-just how the Senators like to play it.
The Penguins had scored just once in parts of seven periods in this Eastern Conference final. Behind a strong third period, Ottawa outshot Pittsburgh 35-28 in Game 1. We're not going to hang our heads if we don't have success. If they dump it into the corner of Phaneuf and Methot, they can take advantage of their lack of foot-speed and create a cycle with possession. He took a attractive no-look backhand pass from Ryan in the slot and Pageau fired it by Fleury on the glove side at 14:32 to silence the crowd. The puck zipped over Fleury's glove and suddenly Ottawa had the lead.
"We know they have a good power play", Pageau said. "We had the approach we had all year". "So it's been healthy for us".
NOTES: Malkin moved past Jaromir Jagr and into third-place on Pittsburgh's career playoff scoring list with 148 points. Alex Burrows was quick to pounce on the puck and shove it past Fleury, with replays showing the puck eventually found its way into the goal. The call was upheld upon review.
Those were a few of the only highlights in the second, which ended the same way it began: with the Senators up by a lone goal. He trails Daniel Alfredsson, who recorded 14 during 2007 run to the Cup Final.