PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have been in this conditions before.
It was only final season, during their Stanley Cup run, that they forsaken Game 1 of a Eastern Conference final to a Tampa Bay Lightning. On Saturday — accurately one year given that improved — a Penguins fell 2-1 in overtime to a Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of a Eastern Conference final.
The informed position doesn’t have them really concerned.
“Our expectancy was this was going to be a tough fought series, and that’s accurately what is started,” pronounced conduct manager Mike Sullivan. “It’s zero that we didn’t expect. We’ve got to welcome it. We’ve got to find a approach to have success.”
Pittsburgh positively had copiousness of chances in Game 1. It was capitalizing on them that caused a problem. The Penguins had 5 energy play opportunities — 4 in a initial duration alone — though didn’t measure on any of them.
Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson done 27 saves to reason Pittsburgh scoreless until a third period.
“We only got to find a approach to emanate even some-more chances,” Sidney Crosby said. “They’re there. We strike during slightest 3 posts and there’s some good looks there.”
The Senators, with their 1-3-1 defense, benefaction a most opposite demeanour than a Washington Capitals, who a Penguins degraded in a Eastern Conference semifinal. It took some removing used to, and several Pittsburgh players pronounced that could’ve contributed to a delayed start.
The Senators invulnerability is mostly stingy, and that was positively a box Saturday night. Ottawa finished a unchanging deteriorate in a top-10 in a joining in goals against, permitting 2.56 goals per game.
“We were prepared for it,” brazen Bryan Rust said, “but it does demeanour a small opposite when you’re personification opposite it.”
“It’s different,” pronounced defenseman Justin Schultz. “It’s a lot different. We knew it was coming. we consider it only comes down to being studious and not removing frustrated.”
Ottawa aims to burden a neutral zone, something Sullivan believes his group rubbed good in a opening game. The Penguins had opportunities to plea a net front, he said, and that’s where they need to do a improved job.
“We’ve got to make it harder, we think, on a competition to urge us by removing some-more pucks to a scoring area,” Sullivan said.
“It’s a hardest area in a course to defend. we only suspicion we had opportunities to get it there, and we were looking for a subsequent play. Sometimes, a play never materializes.”
The array resumes with Game 2 during PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday during 8 p.m.