On the flip side, Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was terrific again. Anderson made 25 saves, and has now stopped 78 of 81 shots in the series. Sidney Crosby’s garbage time goal robbed him of a much-deserved shutout.
The Penguins played without defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Bryan Rust, who were both injured in Game 2. Forward Patric Hornqvist did not play, either; however, Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley (lower body) was in the lineup for the first time since Game 5 of the Round 2 series against the Capitals.
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End of the second period: Ottawa leads Pittsburgh, 5-0. The Sens have just a 22-20 advantage in shots on goal, but it’s apparent that Pittsburgh is having an extremely off night. Sloppy play on both ends of the ice. This one is over through 40 minutes.
Over the past two seasons, Niederreiter has played at least 200 even-strength minutes with seven difference forwards, and in every case, his teammates have better numbers with him than without him. Niederreiter said it’s one of this strengths.
I’ve played with so many players … I can play with anyone, and I’m an easy player to play with. I try not to think too much about who I play with, he explained. That’s the coaches’ job and whatever they think I’m the right fit on what line that’s going to be the case.