Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

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Chris Kunitz's knuckling shot from outside the circle fluttered past goalie Craig Anderson 5 minutes, 9 seconds into the second overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

In the process, they shot themselves into the Stanley Cup final opposite Nashville, the series starting at home next Monday.

It marked the 11th time in National Hockey League history a game seven was decided in double overtime and first since the New York Rangers knocked off the New Jersey Devils in 1994.

It didn't stop the Pittsburgh Penguins from winning the Stanley Cup previous year and they'll have another chance at the NHL's championship again this spring.

Then there was Anderson, the Game 6 hero who nearly lifted his team back to the Cup final for the first time since 2007.

What a series this has been between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins! They are the ones able to take score on Anderson and solve him.

The action shifts back to Pittsburgh for game seven and hopefully all of the powerful energy the Penguins have had inside PPG Paints Arena will help the team's fortunes. It was that thin margin for error which made the club such an unlikely candidate to go deep in the playoffs and come just shy of its first final in 10 years.

"I don't think we proved anything to ourselves", said the 30-year-old Ryan, eager to return to Ottawa after the bitter defeat. The home team, the other 20. Dion Phaneuf - Ottawa's blueliner had a tough game (19 for, 34 against, 35.9 CF%, 11-16 scoring chances) and was in the penalty box for Pittsburgh's second goal.

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Boucher entered with a 1-1 mark, the last one coming with Tampa in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against Boston.

The teams remained scoreless through the first overtime, as the Penguins held an 8-2 shots-on-goal advantage over Ottowa.

Resilience was apparent in the group throughout the playoffs and again in Game 7 when they rallied twice to tie the Pens - 20 seconds after Kunitz opened the scoring and then again late in regulation.

It's pandemonium in Pittsburgh as the Penguins head to the Stanley Cup Final with a double overtime Game 7 victory. "So for us as players, this is what it's all about".

PITTSBURGH — Chris Kunitz spent a portion of the spring nursing a lower-body injury and wondering if his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins was over.

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. "Just because he's a little bit older doesn't mean he can't play anymore and I think some people think that".

"He's one of those guys for us who has shown the ability to be the very best when the stakes are at the highest", he said.

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