Don't plan the parade route just yet.
The Senators last beat the Penguins in the playoffs in 2007 when Crosby and Malkin's partnership was still in its infancy. In fact, this loss marked the fourth loss in their past six games, even though they took the seven-game series from the Capitals. But the Ottawa players are well aware there's plenty of racetrack left before the club books a trip to the Stanley Cup final. Craig Anderson made 27 saves for the Senators, who improved to 6-1 in overtime in the post-season.
But they knew changes were coming.
"It was scary (in New York) ... it was scary". I wish him luck and I'm going to cheer for them.
"A little turnover and an opportunity and we were able to capitalize".
He added: "We can't say, 'Okay, this guy played bad or that guy played bad, this guy can be much better.' We all together".
Charged with four giveaways, including one that set up Ottawa's first goal, Dumoulin committed a few of the mistakes he and the Penguins insisted they had to avoid. If you turn the puck over they're gone.
We are, of course, talking about the 1993 Montreal Canadiens, who experienced all of the above before knocking off Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings to win it all. Seventh time for "Senators" also was a success, and Ryan broke out with Fleury and spectacular maneuver to beat him.
"You talk about (the approach)".
"If I could hold on (to the puck) a little bit more down low and create some things there, then hopefully the chances will come", he said. "I think it just comes down to being patient and not getting frustrated". While the price is downright terrible, I like the better team to draw first blood in game one of this series. "If we traded (Fleury), we wouldn't be in this room right now", Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said of the veteran, who was the subject of trade rumors throughout the season. We want to keep pushing and get better every day. "Keeping a level head has been a big part of it".
"If we mismanage the puck", Pittsburgh centre Nick Bonino said, "they're going to make you pay". "I haven't played them but I'm looking forward to it". Even the Pens' near-minute-long shot at 5-on-3 action didn't produce anything early in the showdown, so all eyes will be on their intensity - or lack thereof - when Game 2 arrives. We've fixed a lot of things, we're gonna fix it.
The Senators got on the board at 14:32 in the first period. That's impossible. Those guys are too good. He went all out in signing Williams and defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik and acquiring Oshie two years ago, center Lars Eller last summer and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline to solve all of the Capitals' apparent woes to go for a Stanley Cup now. "It's nothing that we didn't expect". More impressively, it's his third game-winning goal this playoff season, and his second in overtime. The led for more time in this game than they did for the entire Rangers' series. "Now we go to our next challenge, it's a Hell of a job!". "They're always on the ice". Ottawa has Karlsson, but it doesn't have anyone up front to match Crosby, Malkin and Kessel in terms of skill, talent and experience. "You just have to find a way to battle through it and that's playoff hockey". "Momentum doesn't carry over between games. And it's hard. It needs time and we'll see what happens out there".
Yes, there's still a tough road ahead for the Senators.