Kunitz's double-OT goal sends Penguins back to Stanley Cup

Sidney Crosby was his usual cool self as he prepared for another monumental game in his already storied career. "It's a big one".

The defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins are returning to the Stanley Cup Final after a 3-2 double overtime Game 7 victory over the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. It would be especially impressive given the Penguins injury woes, which have sidelined No. 1 defender Kris Letang, No. 1 goaltender Matt Murray as well as a whole host of other key regulars, including top point-producing defenceman Justin Schultz. Now here we are with the teams playing in game seven where the victor will go on to face the Nashville Predators in the NHL Championship while the loser's season comes to a crashing end.

The Penguins, in the National Hockey League title series for the fourth time in 10 years, will begin the defence of their 2016 crown with a home game on Monday when the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators arrive for Game One of the best-of-seven set. He could also join Steve Yzerman and old mentor Mario Lemieux as the only players to captain consecutive Cup winners since 1990.

Or that, on the whole, they'd be entirely too exhausted, constantly hearing that teams coming off a long run the year before don't have enough left in the tank to do it again, let alone in a year that also featured global competition. Many breaks to have swing right for even the finest outfits. "Teams are going to fight and that's what makes it so great".

Boucher said the team signed Kelly (one year) specifically for the leadership he could offer a group with limited playoff experience.

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Game 7 offers the Penguins and their stars the opportunity to cement their legacy while the Senators can complete an improbable run to their sport's biggest stage.

Viktor Stalberg, the only other Cup victor on the team (2013 with Chicago), and Alex Burrows also relayed their advice on handling everything that Game 6 would bring.

Crosby (19 points) trails only teammate Evgeni Malkin (24 points) in playoff scoring this spring. Pittsburgh is trying to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-1998.

Numbers against one team or another can give an indication of what can be expected from that opponent in the next game, series or season. Karlsson had 16 assists in the playoffs to set a team record.

There was also a two-on-one with Carter Rowney and Bryan Rust, with Rust unable to get enough of a shot off. Now they've got to do it again if they want a chance at back to back Stanley Cups. The Sens were determined to play with no regrets after a striking 7-0 loss in Game 5. Centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored eight goals to lead the Senators in the playoffs, though they were bunched together rather tightly, scoring seven in a six-game span.

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