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 defeatThe 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.