Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
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This was the fifth playoff meeting between these teams with Pittsburgh winning three of the four previous series. They last met in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals, which Pittsburgh won in five games. This was the second consecutive Conference Finals for Pittsburgh who defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning last year in seven games. Ottawa last went to the Conference Finals in 2007; they defeated the Buffalo Sabres in five games. Ottawa won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.
The Penguins defeated the Senators in seven games. In Game 1, the Senators held onto a one-goal lead until Evgeni Malkin tied the game in the third period, but in overtime, Bobby Ryan scored to give Ottawa a 2–1 victory. Game 2 remained scoreless until Phil Kessel scored with 6:55 left in the game to give the Penguins a 1–0 lead and the victory; Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves in the process. In the first period of Game 3, the Senators scored four times including three in a span of 2:18 leading them into a 5–1 victory. In his first playoff game since his injury before the first game of the playoffs, goaltender Matt Murray made 24 saves and stopped a comeback from Ottawa in a 3–2 victory for Pittsburgh. Murray stopped all 26 shots and the Penguins routed the Senators 7–0 in Game 5 to take a 3–2 series lead. Craig Anderson made 45 saves in Game 6, forcing a seventh game in a 2–1 victory. In Game 7, Chris Kunitz of the Penguins and Mark Stone of the Senators started the scoring 20 seconds apart in the second period. After both Justin Schultz and Ryan Dzingel made the game 2–2, the match headed into overtime. In double-overtime, Kunitz scored his second of the game to send the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Finals for the second consecutive year. Reports
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