Sen­a­tors stave off elim­i­na­tion

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

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.

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