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But when the Pittsburgh Penguins need an emotional boost, it nearly always comes from Evgeni Malkin.

Despite the big loss, Boucher is confident his team can rebound and force a Game 7 by being smarter with the puck and limiting turnovers.

"You've got to refocus", said the 29-year-old moments after a close Game 6 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Games 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh both went Under, with a total of four goals being scored.

And, now, even with all the talent and the track record, Pittsburgh should be cautious in assuming its Game 6 efforts, if duplicated Thursday, will put the Sens away for good. Because at that point, there's no stopping him.

This season, Pittsburgh is 14-1 in 15 games when it was a favorite of -200 to -500 on the moneyline, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

Standing just beyond Game 7, potentially, is another Cup and maybe even another Conn Smythe.

Anderson then stopped 22 of 23 shots in the second period.

Quite often it is not the stars that determine who wins, but goals from somewhat unexpected sources that make the difference.

Just before that, Penguins defenceman Trevor Daley had a goal called back after he stuffed the puck underneath Anderson. That likely further fueled the assistant captain. He expects his skaters to follow the Penguins' "Just Play" creed until the final horn.

Despite being blown out, Anderson didn't change anything ahead of Game 6.

Another thing the Penguins can hang their hat on heading into tonight's game is their play on special teams. I know the importance of me going into a Game 7. Despite the blowout in Game 6, they're still right there.

Dominance is hard. In six career Game 7s, Crosby has two goals and two assists; Malkin has six assists, no goals.

During the second period on a night he led all Senators forwards in ice time, Smith found himself in a heavy battle along the end boards with Malkin.

The Penguins are similar to the Rangers in that they boast so much speed and skill - "thinking speed", in Ottawa coach Guy Boucher's words - but their defence looks a bit like the Boston Bruins squad the Senators faced to start the playoffs.Through two periods, whenever the dominant Penguins did penetrate deeply, they could not foil either the Ottawa defence or Anderson, who was particularly brilliant in the third period until the Kessel goal.

"You crash sometime in November, December or January", said former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009. There's always things you can do better but I can't ask for any more from our players, they've given everything that they've got. It kept coming down to the two of them; Crosby won the last game before the actual game.

When Pittsburgh needs him the most, he elevates his game and dominates. "His play elevates when the stakes are highest".

The scary aspect for the Capitals is that they lost games in this series when they outplayed the Penguins. That's more than enough to help his team win those contests.

(AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar). Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Murray, right, makes a save on Ottawa Senators' Mike Hoffman (68) during the third period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Pittsburgh.


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