Penguins Win Wild Game 7 Over Senators in Double Overtime (Videos)
There are few things better than overtime in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s like the Kentucky Derby. You don’t even need to follow the sport the rest of the year to enjoy it. You don’t have to know any of the players. You can just turn it on and let the excitement wash over you.
On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators gave us a doozy. With a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line, these two teams played their hearts out.
In the end, the Penguins prevailed in double overtime. But before we get to that, let’s see how they got there.
The Penguins opened the scoring midway through the second period on a goal by Chris Kunitz:
However, the Senators have responded well to adversity throughout their playoff run, and Game 7 was no different. They tied the game just 20 seconds later on a goal by Mark Stone:
In the third period, with just eight minutes left in regulation, the Penguins took the lead again on a goal by Justin Shultz:
But again, the Senators responded by applying pressure, and they tied the game three minutes later on a goal by Ryan Dzingel:
One minute after that the Penguins nearly took the lead again, as a shot by Evgeni Malkin hit the post and was almost knocked in, but was somehow covered by Sens goalie Craig Anderson:
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could barely handle it.
this game is slowly killing me
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) May 26, 2017
Eventually the game went to overtime. And with just over 30 seconds left in the first extra frame, the Penguins nearly won it when a shot by Phil Kessel ricocheted off the crossbar and across the width of the goal. In fact, Penguins fans inside the arena were convinced that the puck actually went in the net after an overhead shot of the play was shown on the videoboard. When the refs ruled no-goal, they were pissed:
Fortunately for Penguins fans, their team finally put the puck in the net for real in the second overtime. Sidney Crosby fed the puck to Chris Kunitz at the top of the circle, and he fired a knuckle puck over the shoulder of a screened Craig Anderson:
The goal sent the Penguins to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll have the chance to become the first back-to-back champions since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Senators, who truly played like champions. Fortunately team captain Erik Karlsson, one of the best hockey players on the planet, is just 26 years old. They’re window to win a championship is not closed.