Last word from Sens-Pens

April, 25, 2010

OTTAWA -- Although Pascal Dupuis was the hero of the night with his overtime winner, Marc-Andre Fleury once again helped keep his team in the game with a number of key stops to keep the score within reach. He was especially strong in the first period, when the Senators generated a number of quality scoring chances, but led only 1-0 on Matt Cullen's breakaway goal.

"After the first, we felt all right," Crosby said. "We held off that 10, 12 minutes of them just coming wave after wave at us and Flower [Fleury] did an unbelievable job of keeping it at just one."

Dupuis delivered the telling goal, but it was set up by Jordan Staal, who controlled the puck behind the Ottawa net and along the end boards.

"Jordan made an unbelievable play in the corner," Dupuis said. "Beat one guy, I thought he was going to give it to me right away, but he's strong enough that he decided to beat another one by himself and he slid it to me. Still not sure where the puck went. Haven't seen it yet. But man, it [was] in and it's just an unbelievable feeling."

Agony of defeat

The overtime loss was obviously a bitter pill for the Ottawa Senators, who have now failed to win a single playoff series since advancing to the 2007 Stanley Cup finals. Both playoff losses since have come to Pittsburgh, a sweep in 2008 and the latest six-game set. They missed the playoffs last season.

"The guys played hard and didn't quit," Senators coach Cory Clouston said after the game.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who had a goal and an assist in Game 6 and eight points overall in the series, was apparently playing with an abdominal injury. He also played through injury two seasons ago against Pittsburgh.

Crosby's stats

Crosby has been dominant in the postseason so far with 14 points in his first five games. But he was held off the score sheet and was a minus-2 on Saturday. He was on the ice for all three Ottawa goals.

Let's go to the video tape

There were two lengthy video reviews of goals in Game 6. On the first, the Penguins were denied a goal in the first period that would have tied the score at 1. While the video did not reveal the puck was in the net, it did reveal the puck was under Pascal Leclaire's pad, which was in the net. But since the call on the ice was "no goal," the call stood. The second was late in the second period, when the puck trickled into the Penguins' net after the net had come off its moorings. It was ruled a goal by the on-ice officials, but the call was overturned, keeping the score 3-1 Ottawa.

Scott Burnside

ESPN Senior Writer



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