Ryan Dadoun

Hockey Daily Dose

print article archives RSS

Craig Anderson Strikes Back

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


The Ottawa Senators have never overcome a 3-2 series deficit, but they’ve earned themselves another shot to do just that on Thursday after winning in Game 6 last night.  Ottawa and Pittsburgh have now both bounced right back after a frustrating blowout loss and for the fourth time this series the game was decided by just one goal.  Here’s one more tidbit about this series: Neither team has won back-to-back games.  That’s another trend Ottawa will have to break to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

 

Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld's Player News, and follow @Rotoworld_ HK and @RyanDadoun on Twitter.


SENATORS 2 PENGUINS 1

Series tied at 3-3

 

When Pittsburgh bounced back in Game 4 after being blown out in Game 3, it was after the Penguins had switched from Marc-Andre Fleury to Matt Murray in goal.  By contrast the Senators stuck with goaltender Craig Anderson even after he was chased in Game 6.  Showing faith in Anderson paid off big as he had a huge game, stopping 45 of 46 shots.  He was particularly critical in the second period when the Penguins fired a staggering 23 shots on goal, but finished the frame tied 1-1.

 

It is worth noting though that a potential goal from Pittsburgh’s Trevor Daley was waived off in the first period due to goaltender interference.

 

Evgeni Malkin’s goal did count though, giving him seven markers and 24 points in 18 playoff games.  That gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

 

Bobby Ryan tied it up with a power-play goal at 13:15 of the second period.  He has six goals and 15 points in 18 postseason games, including four goals in his last four contests.

 

Mike Hoffman netted the game-winning goal early in the third period.  That was his sixth goal of the 2017 playoffs and his first game winner of the Senators’ run.

 

As TSN’s Brent Wallace noted, this is also the first time in 11 Senators postseason contests that Erik Karlsson wasn’t on the ice for the game-winning goal.  Ottawa’s star defenseman did get an assist on Ryan’s goal though, giving Karlsson 16 points in 18 playoff contests.

 

While he didn’t get the win, this was another solid performance from Matt Murray as he turned aside 28 of 30 shots.  He has a 1.33 GAA and .950 save percentage in four contests in the 2017 playoffs.

 

Clarke MacArthur registered an assist too for Ottawa.  He has three goals and nine points in 18 playoff games after missing almost the entire 2016-17 regular season.



Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.
Email :Ryan Dadoun


NHL Headlines

View All Headlines
Headlines: NFL | MLB | NBA | NHL | GOLF | NAS | CFB | PL

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wire

    Short: Waiver Wire
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wire

    Short: Waiver Wire
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

 

Headlines

Craig Anderson Strikes Back
May 24

After being driven out of Game 5, the Senators goaltender came up big against the Penguins last night.

NHL Headlines