One could make the case the wheels (read: skates) had fallen off long before Craig Anderson was pulled in Game 5, but the first puck he saw after being re-inserted ended up in the back of the net from the most impossible angle.
In the latter in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the head coach thought his group got over-excited and tried to trade goals with a lethal offence, and by the end of the first period the Penguins had built a 4-0 lead. His wrist shot from the slot gave the Penguins their fifth goal of the game at 1:54 in the middle stanza.
It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. It also might be their final home game at Canadian Tire Centre for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was Ryan's sixth goal of the playoffs, and - oddly - Ottawa's first power play goal of the Eastern Conference final.
Flawless on three power-play tries - a feat Ottawa has only dreamed of accomplishing for much for much of this postseason - the Penguins wasted no time mirroring the Senators' Game 3 rout.
"I thought we played a real good game", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
Rinne made 38 saves to improve to 12-4.
"They have a good ability to respond, so we're going to be challenged here in Game 6", said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who scored for the third straight and became the 22nd player in National Hockey League history to reach 100 career playoff assists when he sent a slick backhand no-look pass to Phil Kessel early in the third period. The puck didn't go in the net, but if we continue to play the game that way, then I believe we'll get the result.
The Penguins might already be there.
To etch in players' heads the power-play brilliance of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby that made it 2-0?
The Penguins accounted for 16 of the first 19 shots on goal in the second period before the Senators seized the momentum.
Boucher said the Senators have to start by playing the right way and hes hoping the way they lost Sunday will serve as a wakeup call. He was replaced by Mike Condon. That list of walking wounded includes Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci, Derick Brassard, who should all play and Alex Burrows, who has missed the last couple of games.
Now the Ottawa Senators need to turn those words into action.
The Predators had as many points - 94 - as the Islanders and Lightning, two Eastern Conference teams that failed to make the playoffs. The other two - Edmonton in the first round against San Jose and Anaheim in the second round against the Oilers - came back to win the next game and eventually the series.
Caufield said it was more about a better effort and changes in lines than a goalie switch, it just happens that Matt Murray has benefited by the better play all around. I see one bad game.. They are without their top defenceman in Kris Letang and played without Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Bryan Rust (concussion) for a spell against Washington.
Scott Wilson also tallied a goal, his first in over a month, and continued to play well. Justin Schultz and Patric Hornqvist, while deemed to be game time decisions, were still out of the line up. F Conor Sheary was a healthy scratch.
The Sens had little cooking until a lengthy five-on-three advantage (1:24) came about just past the midway point of the period.
"Having the opportunity to do that at home tonight in Game 6 of the third round of the playoffs is pretty neat". Bonino, who reported that his truck was being checked out at a Ford dealership, had two assists of his own. His truck broke down on the way to the rink. "I guess I was just waiting for the guys to create some room so I was able to shoot through a screen and beat him on the far side".