Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Pittsburgh Penguins Bryan Rust gets up from the ice slowly after being injured in a collision during the first period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playof

It wasn't an option to bench Fleury in either of the previous two series, so both he and Sullivan had no choice but to bounce back after a bad game. "Even the best team".

"You hear it a little bit".

"That doesn't happen very often", said Hoffman. If people don't respect it, that's their own opinion.

"If we played a run-and-gun game that maybe some people would rather watch, we probably wouldn't be here", Hoffman said after routing the defending Stanley Cup champs.

The Ottawa Senators didn't expect to blow out the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference final.

Ottawa was determined not to make the same mistakes against a more risky Pittsburgh opponent and of the nine periods played so far, Boucher has been happy with eight - the lone exception being the third period of Game 2.

"We just have to stay with it". Still, it was Murray who supplanted Fleury as the team's starter this season, and it was Murray who played well enough at times this season that many openly wondered if the Pens would trade Fleury before the deadline.

The rocky outing from Fleury now has the Penguins at least questioning whether to turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 on Friday night. Murray, 22, mopped up with one goal allowed on 20 shots in his first game action since April 6.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said early mistakes cost them the game.

Meanwhile, the Senators will sleep soundly knowing that they finally exploited the one obvious vulnerability of the Penguins.

The wave began with relentless pressure on the ailing Pittsburgh defence, which was without Justin Schultz for Game 3 on top of usual No. 1 defenceman Kris Letang, who's out for the post-season. But this isn't about next season.

Because when the victors look back on their names engraved on the chalice, no one will remember them for what they looked like, only that they were the last team standing.

"To have an outburst like that", said Ottawa forward Kyle Turris, "it's big - especially at home".

What is refreshing is that in a modern-day sports world where millionaire inmates run the asylum, Boucher has earned buy-in and trust from every player. Playing careless, he said, means, "you're going to get pounded". They are true to themselves.

Considering his strong season, last year's playoffs and his apparent return to full strength, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan will have a tough decision to make for Game 4.

No player freelances. That is incredibly rare in today's sports culture.

The Sens still need work on their power play. "That's what you get", said Cullen, cutting to the heart. "We're workers here. We don't decide which system is put in place, we just have to go out there and execute it and do our job".

One thing is for certain: Ottawa certainly was not boring Wednesday night. Anderson has held the Penguins to 3 goals in 3 games, and has stopped 80 of 83 shots in this series. And after fourteen games of edge of your seat, tense close hockey games (aside from the first two games in NY in round 2), it was nice for Senators fans to have a boring old 4 goal lead for most of a game for a change. This against the NHL's highest-scoring offense from the regular season.

The Senators are only dreaming about one finger now to show to the rest of the league - the one where they can wear a Stanley Cup ring.

Hoffman gave the Senators the start they wanted when he banked a shot from along the goal line off the bottom of Fleury's pad.



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