Ryan, Senators shock Penguins in Game 1 of East final

Craig Anderson made 27 saves for the Senators, who improved to 6-1 in overtime in the playoffs.

The NHL playoff game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will be broadcast on the NBC and CBC in Canada.

From behind the Penguins' net after a turnover by Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin, Ryan sent a soft backhander out front to Pageau, who one-timed the puck past the glove of Fleury at 14:32.

Hainsey did help set up Malkin's goal with 5:35 remaining in regulation, another play that has made Penguins GM Jim Rutherford look shrewd. Needless to say, Ryan was always a quality player, especially in the playoffs, but his rebirth this season has the Senators on the brink of a Stanley Cup appearance. When asked how he handled not seeing an Ottawa Senators shot for about 15 minutes, Marc-Andre Fleury simply said that the only thing he does is "Wait".

Pittsburgh had plenty of opportunities to take Game 1 Saturday night thanks to five power plays, including four in the first period.

Yes, the Senators wore smiles Sunday, less than 24 hours after they knocked off the Penguins 2-1 in overtime in Game 1 of the East final at the PPG Paints Arena Saturday night.

"There's a lot of things to like but it's just one game", Boucher said.

"To be honest with you, we didn't talk about Crosby once", Senators coach Guy Boucher said. But Pittsburgh has posted wins in 12 of its last 14 meetings with Ottawa on home ice. If Game 2 is tied late in the third period, Ottawa will definitely be in its comfort zone. "They believe in their group and the way they play and it'll be a good test for us".

Less than 72 hours later, they'll begin the next step in becoming the first team in almost 20 years to repeat with the opener on Saturday night. With no natural rivalry versus the Senators, the Penguins didn't have the same edge they did in the first two rounds.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau's goal was his eighth during the 2017 playoffs, putting him second in Senators' franchise history for the most goals in a single postseason. It took some getting used to, and several Pittsburgh players said that could've contributed to the slow start.

Pittsburgh's ability to hog the puck hardly seemed to bother the Senators, who have proven repeatedly during their deepest playoff run in a decade they're just fine sitting back and waiting for an opening to counter. "We've got to make good decisions". With those two on the ice together, Ottawa held a 7-5 edge in shots and 1-0 advantage in goals. Their defense was out of this world, holding Washington to only six shots on goal in the third period.

Although playoff points leader Evgeni Malkin scored, fellow centre and Rocket Richard Trophy victor Sidney Crosby was held to two shots - and no other shot attempts - and post-season goals leader Jake Guetzel, one of Crosby's linemates, had one shot. I think they will rely heavily on Fleury tonight, but he should be up for the challenge. Crosby wasn't great; Malkin often skated into traffic; the Penguins were still that close.

As a reminder, you're not going to mock a coach toward making a change in style. "We didn't. The third cost us our game today".

Saturday night's game marked the 25th overtime contest of these playoffs.

It wasn't exactly an very bad game for Crosby, though, just maybe one he'd like back.