Senators vs. Penguins: Game 7 Live Updates, Score and Analysis for 2017 NHL Playoffs
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The Pittsburgh Penguins advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year after Chris Kunitz's double-overtime goal gave them a 3-2 Game 7 win over the Ottawa Senators.
- May 26, 2017
Crosby and his assistants, Kunitz and Malkin, claim the Clarence Campbell trophy as Eastern Conference champions.
They're not afraid to touch it. Sid carries it off the table and takes it to the dressing room.
Pittsburgh 3 - Ottawa 2 (2OT)
What a series!
It ends on Chris Kunitz's second goal of the game, from Crosby and Schultz, at 5:09 of the second overtime.
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Looks like the shot bounced off the body of Jean-Gabriel Pageau in front of the net and passed a stunned Craig Anderson.
Nothing controversial about that, though. The Senators' storybook run ends in heartbreaking fashion, and the Penguins will get a chance to defend their Stanley Cup against the Nashville Predators.
At the 5:09 mark of OT, Chris Kunitz has won it for Pittsburgh!
The vibe in the arena is cheerful and hopeful once again.
Seems the faithful saw enough replays to know that Kessel chance was not a goal near the end of the first overtime.
Second Overtime Begins!
Sidney Crosby's Faceoff Numbers Have Rebounded
After a rough start in the game, he's no up to 17-16 for 52 percent.
The Sens dominated in the circle for the first two periods but Pittsburgh has now taken over, winning 52 percent of the draws.
Erik Karlsson's now up to 37:15 of ice time.
He inched up from 9:33 in the third period to 9:43 in OT.
His shot rolled all the way around the posts and crossbar.
The play has opened up now, going end-to-end with 3:00 to play in OT.
Starting to think we'll be here for awhile...
Both goalies are sharp and their teammates are there to look after the awkward bounces.
With 7:49 to play in overtime, Mike Sullivan uses his time out.
The Penguins players were gasping for air after an icing call.
Serious pressure by Pittsburgh.
The puck gets swept out of the Ottawa goal crease, then the Sens come right back down and Murray gets a quick whistle without having full control of the puck.
With 8:33 on the clock, overtime shots are 5-1 for Pittsburgh.
Big chance for Kessel, in alone as Ottawa got caught on the long change...
The sniper misses the net, high over Anderson.
Shots on goal were 33-25 Pittsburgh through three periods.
After three and a half minutes, we're still waiting for our first shot on goal in overtime.
Erik Karlsson: 27:32 after three periods
That's incredible—three seconds off his playoff average. Talk about consistent!
Karlsson, of course, has another two points in this game. Chris Kunitz is the multi-point man for the Penguins, with a goal and an assist.
Next. Goal. Wins.
Nothing is decided after 60 minutes.
The Pens and Sens head to their dressing room and will come back to play sudden-death overtime.
No 3-on-3 in the playoffs. No shootout. They'll play regular 5-on-5 hockey until somebody scores to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Hope it's a good goal!!
We're down to 56 seconds to go in regulation, still tied 2-2.
The Initial Shot Came From—Who Else—Erik Karlsson.
Second assist goes to Kyle Turris.
Are we headed for overtime?
We're tied again.
With 5:19 to play in the third period, we're tied again.
Ryan Dzingel's second of the playoffs equalizes the game for the Senators.
The roar of the fans has now quieted significantly.
Whaddaya Think? Dive or No Dive?
The play is stopped again with Kessel down on the ice with 6:32 to play. This time, he has been hit on the back of the head by the puck.
Seems to be having no trouble answering the trainer's questions on the bench.
Justin Schultz, back from injury, with the point shot on the power play.
Another graeat play by Kunitz with the screen, as the shot goes high glove.
Pittsburgh 2 - Ottawa 1
Pittsburgh to the power play!
We knew it was coming.
With 8:41 to play in the third, Dion Phaneuf gets the gate for interfering with Phil Kessel along the boards.
Adrenaline can't mask all the pain...
Mark Stone heads to the dressing room after a hard hit, then returns.
Next, Cody Ceci goes to the room. He's back too.
Hockey nickname tradition, for sure.
Who had Hainsey to be Pittsburgh's top shutdown d-man in these playoffs?
Through two periods, Jean-Gabriel Pageau is now up to 11-2 on faceoffs.
He's working mostly against Sidney Crosby, who's just 3-11. Pageau's won draw led directly to Mark Stone's equalizing goal after Pittsburhg took the lead.
Through two periods, Erik Karlsson continues to lead all skaters with 17:59 of ice time.
If the game ends in regulation, he probably won't break 30 minutes but should be right around his playoff average of 27 minutes and 29 seconds.
Malkin's a big man to bring down.
Another successful penalty kill for Pittsburgh.
Ottawa got two shots through, including one blast from Erik Karlsson from the point.
The Sens will need to be disciplined now. Next penalty will almost definitely be against them.
Power Play: Ottawa
The Sens get their second man advantage opportunity with 3:34 to play in the second, as Olli Maatta goes off for high sticking.
Karlsson's 15 Assists Are Also Second in This Year's Playoffs, Behind Evgeni Malkin (17)
The defenseman also moves into sole possession of fifth place in this year's playoff scoring race.
Here's Mark Stone's Response.
The key was his drag at the blue line, to stay onside.
Give Erik Karsson his 15th assist of the playoffs. Pageau gets the second assist after winning the draw against Crosby.