The Ottawa Senators watched what was a stupendous opportunity go up in flames. The Senators had a chance to do what not many teams have been able to do in the past, take a 3-1 lead on the Pens in the playoffs. Most importantly, the Penguins have some life now, and when they get on a roll, they are virtually impossible to keep up with.
The Senators must keep everything in perspective, though. They are currently tied with the defending Stanley Cup Champions at two games apiece in the Eastern Conference Finals.
If you were to tell the Sens at the start of the season that they would be in this position, they would have taken it every minute. There aren’t too many who can say they’ve been in this spot against the Penguins.
Nevertheless, if Pittsburgh found their stroke, the road may be ending rather soon for the Senators. The Pens outplayed the Sens in Game 4, but Craig Anderson hung in there to keep things interesting.
The Penguins outshot the Sens by a margin of 35-26. Additionally, all of the scoring chances were in the Pens’ favor. They went with a goaltending change for Game 4, sitting Fleury down, giving way to Matt Murray in net. Murray stood tall, and played cool and collected hockey.
The Pens’ brass was undoubtedly sensing that Fleury was going to enter one of his droughts, which he can often get himself into. Fleury is streaky as they come, and it may have been a good idea to give Murray the chance. It ended up being the right choice. We head to the PPG Paints Arena tonight for Game 5. Get our free Senators vs. Penguins Game 5 pick below.
Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5 Pick
One of the worst things the Senators might have done is something they were so good at. In Game 3, the Sens laid a beating on the Penguins for a 5-1 final. Sidney Crosby was the only Penguin to get on the board, and at the point, the game was well out of hand. The Penguins brought the Senators back to reality the next game in Ottawa. Now the Pens have the Senators back at their barn in Pittsburgh.
Anderson has stood on his head for the Senators in this series. How much longer is it going to last? The Sens, as a team, are going to have to win this series. Anderson can’t cover all of the cracks up for so long. In my opinion, I think the Senators missed their chance to win this series in Ottawa, Game 4 was their opportunity and they watched it go goodbye.
The Pens haven’t won a game by more than 1 goal in this series yet, but I think this is the night they put it all together at home. We’re getting great odds of them doing just that. The Penguins get Game 5 and move one game closer to the Stanley Cup Finals to defend their prize.
PICK: PENGUINS -1.5 (+155)