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Game 6 Recap: Ottawa forces another one with 2-1 win

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The Penguins score first but blow the lead in the 3rd period and Craig Anderson bounces back to help Ottawa beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in Game 6. Game 7 will be Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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Pregame

As expected, the Penguins stick with the same lineup for Game 6 as the big win in Game 5.

1st period

No score. 2 power plays for the Pens but they can't convert. Seems the course of play mainly favors Pittsburgh, 11-9 SOG, 23-17 overall in shot attempts. 32 faceoffs though, very fragmented type of start.

2nd period

Trevor Daley sticks with a loose puck that Craig Anderson can't quite get to and Daley scores. Ruled a good goal on the ice. The Senators challenge and the refs agree, no goal. Close but pretty surprised they saw enough to reverse. Can't be too mad about any sort of contact with a goalie in his crease, but this one seemed close. Only in a league like the NHL does the tie not go to increasing scoring.

But Pittsburgh doesn't sit on laurels. Evgeni Malkin absolutely takes Zach Smith to school, collects his own rebound and backhands it by Anderson to make it 1-0. They ain't takin' this one back.

Unlike a fairly even 1st, this one's all Pittsburgh; 16-4 in shots in the 2nd at one point. But then things go south when arguably the 2 best PK'ing defensemen on the team in Ron Hainsey and Ian Cole each take penalties within a minute of each other. That's not ideal. Ottawa strikes on the ensuing 5v3 for their first power play goal of the series (and a long time) when Kyle Turris finds Bobby Ryan for a one-timer. 1-1.

Shots 34-19 for the Pens after 2.

3rd period

Early on, the Pens get caught up ice and Ottawa goes on a 3-on-2. Mike Hoffman waits for traffic in front and unleashes a terrific shot. 2-1 Ottawa.

Pens push but can't break through. Tip of the hat for Anderson. 2-1 win for them, Game 7 on Thursday.

Some Thoughts

  • Shots 46-30 Penguins tonight. First time the best team in the game didn't win this one. Can't be too mad, Pittsburgh's been on the other end of this one a lot with the goalie stealing the game.
  • Game 7. Home ice. Oh boy, here we go.