The Ottawa Senators will live to survive another game, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final in the NHL Playoffs.
Senators goalkeeper Craig Anderson picked up the win, recording 44 saves and letting the only goal up to Evgeni Malkin. His goal put Pittsburgh up 1-0 in the second period. But Ottawa was not backing down from a challenge.
Bobby Ryan tied the game with a goal in the second period and then Matt Hoffman delivered the go-ahead and eventual game-winner past Penguins goalkeeper Matt Murray.
“I think the biggest message for us was if somebody told us back in training camp in September that we’d have an opportunity to win Game 6 in the Eastern Conference final at home in front of our fans we would’ve taken it,” Ryan told reporters. “So let’s not dwell, let’s not kick ourselves and put our heads down. Let’s embrace this opportunity to extend this for two more days together and go from there.”
Ottawa and Pittsburgh will now play a decisive Game 7 on Thursday night. The winner advances to the Stanley Cup Final to play the Nashville Predators.