Kunitz's double-OT goal sends Penguins back to Stanley Cup

Posted May 26, 2017

Kunitz's knuckling shot from outside the circle fluttered past Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

Crosby would have at least the opportunity add that bullet to his resume if his Pens were to prevail in Game 7 and then somehow get by the Nashville Predators in the final. Yet here the Senators are, alive and still skating with a chance to eliminate the deeper, more experienced and more explosive Stanley Cup champions.

It's almost game time for game seven between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators.

"You've got to refocus", said the 29-year-old moments after a close Game 6 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

The game was almost halfway through regulation before the Penguins scored the first goal off a two-on-one against Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson. NBCSN (US Regional) will be doing the national TV coverage while the game can be watched online live on fuboTV.

Kunitz took a short pass from superstar Sidney Crosby and one-timed a shot over the right shoulder of goalkeeper Craig Anderson as the defending National Hockey League champions avoided being upset by the upstart Senators who are now 0-6 in franchise history in game sevens.

Anderson was also brilliant at times, winning Game 6 nearly by himself and then shining once more in Game 7. After their game five shutout at home, they're surely hoping to repeat that kind of magic. That belonged to the 37-year-old Kunitz, who didn't score a goal this postseason until he found the net in the second period.

Goaltender Craig Anderson had a big contribution in saving the Sens' from elimination from the playoffs, Anderson made an exceptional 45 saves in the game 6.

As for idiosyncrasies, this will be the first NHL Final with two coaches from the United States.

"I think that we did everything we could in our power and at the end of the day it could've gone either way, but they did it for a little bit longer than we did and a little bit better", said Karlsson.

Conor Sheary and Kunitz perfectly executed a two-on-one for a 1-0 Penguins lead at 9:55 of the second period, Sheary waiting just long enough before dishing to Kunitz for his first goal since February 16.

That lead was also short-lived. Dzingel set up at the right post and banged home a rebound off Erik Karlsson's shot that hit the left post and caromed off Murray's back right to Dzingel's stick. Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist skated during warmups, but was held out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with an upper-body injury. Take a look at Game 5, when Carter Rowney recorded three assists, the first playoff points of his career. "I feel that definitely today is one of those games that he can be going in and make a contribution".