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

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

Four months after his last goal, Kunitz scored twice, including five minutes, nine seconds into double overtime of game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Penguins and Senators could make a couple of lineup tweaks entering Game 7.

Wingels, meanwhile, played in the Stanley Cup final with San Jose previous year and has 54 games of post-season experience. Then again, in a way neither were the Penguins. Even as the targets on their back as Stanley Cup champions kept getting bigger.

Since Penguins coach Mike Sullivan took over, the Penguins have rarely fallen into any sort of sustained funk, especially in the playoffs.

So the Penguins did. His last one, he recalled, was Game 7 of a 2013 first-round series against Toronto - a game the Bruins rallied to win 5-4 in overtime. Craig Anderson - Ottawa's netminder turned away 39 of 42 shots in Game Seven, giving the Sens a fighting chance to pull off the upset. The San Jose Sharks made their debut past year, losing to the Penguins in six games. "It's relief and excitement to know you're moving on and you're going to be playing in the Stanley Cup final".

"I think you need to be a little bit lucky to be good at times", Anderson said. We have scored against Anderson many times during this series.

"He was by no means a rah-rah guy, but when he spoke everyone listened and it was well thought out and gave us that belief that we could win", Kelly said.

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The Senators were making their first trip to the Eastern Conference Final since 2007, when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Anaheim Ducks.

Then there was Anderson, the Game 6 hero who nearly lifted his team back to the Cup final for the first time since 2007. Sullivan took over in Pittsburgh in December 2015 and provided the edge the Penguins so desperately needed, becoming the sixth US -born coach to win it all. "They were the better team". "I think you've got to have a short memory and stay in the moment because these are great opportunities, these are great moments and you don't want to be thinking about the past or thinking about the future and miss out on the opportunity you have right at that moment'". One of Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford's first moves when he was hired in 2014 was to trade forward James Neal to the Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Our lines are clicking, and offence is being generated, more than any other team in the league right now.

Yet it was Subban's arrival in a trade last June that provided Nashville with the grit and leadership it so desperately needed.

He finished the playoffs with 18 points in 19 games and if he wasn't briefly the best player on the planet, he was close.

The Penguins, by contrast, have been here. They also had to keep attacking Anderson, who was stellar again.

"The biggest step is ahead", Crosby said.

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