Senators stave off elimination
The Ottawa Senators are still alive.
Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period of Game 6 as the Sens brushed off elimination with a 2-1 win on Tuesday and sent the Eastern Conference final to a decisive Game 7 Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
Ottawa was facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs.
Bobby Ryan also scored a rare power-play goal for Ottawa and Craig Anderson was terrific with 44 saves.
Matt Murray gave up a pair on 30 shots and Evgeni Malkin mustered the lone goal for the Penguins, who will shoot for their second straight Stanley Cup final appearance once more on Thursday night.
The Sens managed to quickly forget a 7-0 pounding two days earlier in Game 5, stave off the end of their season and land one more shot at a first Stanley Cup final appearance in 10 years.