The captain raised his team-high point total to 13 (two goals, 11 assists) by recording game-winning goals in the series opener and clincher against NY, and erupted for seven points (one goal, six assists) as Ottawa captured two of the three regular-season meetings with Pittsburgh.
The Western Conference Final opens with Game 1 from Anaheim on Friday night. Ottawa and Pittsburgh have been receiving contributions from their entire lineups. Defenseman Erik Karlsson has been the Senators' motor all season, and in the playoffs he has 13 points in 12 games, has contributed sound defensive play and created tempo.
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Why the Penguins can win: Sidney Crosby (four goals, 10 assists), provided he's not slowed by further concussions or other injuries, is at the peak of his skills. The Senators clung to the one-goal lead from there, having to kill off a too-many-men penalty and Craig Anderson turning aside 14 of 15 Rangers shots in the period. Don't sleep on the Senators though, they will give them a good challenge. The Penguins got superb goaltending again from Marc-Andre Fleury and goals from Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist to advance to the Eastern Conference Final again with a 2-0 win.
In the Western Conference, it's harder, at least in this particular writer's opinion, to choose a victor with confidence, although the Nashville Predators would probably have something to say about that. They displayed masterly puck management, well-executed line changes and a forecheck that kept the Oilers on their heels as Anaheim rebounded from a 7-1 Game 6 loss that set dubious franchise records. The captain, Ryan Getzlaf, has shouldered a heavy load playing in all areas of the ice and every conceivable situation with equal aplomb. Anaheim's defense corps is young but has been poised and effective through much of the playoffs. The X-factor in the series is Ducks goalie John Gibson, who has been pulled twice but responded well both times. They're the feel good story of the National Hockey League playoffs. He has posted a 1.37 goals-against average and a.951 save percentage. Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm have posted a combined rating of plus-24 in the playoffs while contributing 27 points. "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. Much of their roster has the experience of a seven-game win over the Ducks in the first round of last season's playoffs, with Game 7 at Anaheim. The Predators aren't a one line team by any stretch, but you can expect Ryan Kesler to drive Ryan Johansen nuts this round. The Ducks are also use their formidable size to their advantage well and are extremely strong up the middle. The gamesmanship between the creative, tempo-pushing Laviolette and Randy Carlyle, the cerebral Anaheim coach who led the Ducks to a Stanley Cup in 2007, could provide an intriguing battle behind the benches.
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