What a difference a day makes?
It didn't take long for the Senators to get the crowd into it.
Yet, it wasn't all smiles for Pittsburgh, as its already thin roster saw another injury when defenseman Chad Ruhwedel exited late in the first period and never returned after taking elbow to the face on a controversial hit from Senators winger Bobby Ryan.
Fleury said after Game 3, which put the Penguins down 2-1 in the series, he was looking forward to putting the rough outing behind him.
Ottawa had mostly neutralized the high-powered Pens in the first three games of the series, holding them to just three goals - a mark they equalled in less than 32 minutes of Game 4.
Ottawa played with fire from start to finish in game 3.
The team is not listening to the noise.
"It's so tight", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after a one-goal win over Anaheim earlier this week. Murray was tied for sixth in save percentage this year with Devan Dubnyk and Carey Price and he's Sullivan's guy, dating back to their time together in the AHL. "Just like everyone else, he'll turn the page, and we will as a group and make sure we're better". I thought he was tracking the puck extremely well.
Senators head coach Guy Boucher sensed increased desperation from the Penguins, which he said, was to be expected. Trying to play the game the right way, trying to take what the game gives you.
It's cliché to say that depth scoring is key for a successful Stanley Cup run, but it's also very, very true. "I was asked. So I answer questions".
What gives Pittsburgh the "best chance" is open to interpretation and neither goalie would reveal much.
The Senators, meanwhile, said Alex Burrows would be a game-time decision for Game 4.
"I'm proud to be on this team and there is nothing personal". "I think there's a lot of challenges. He's going to compete, as am I". "We have skill in the room, we have grit in the room, we can play all aspects of the game if we need to but we have to go out there and understand how important it is, how urgent it is to get off to a good start". So that's how we look at it. "I'm not interested in it either".
Fans will have the opportunity to select the greatest Stanley Cup winning team in National Hockey League history as a part of the NHL's Centennial celebration.
"It's something you kind of have to keep in the back of your mind".
"You defend them well", MacArthur said. "(There are) a lot of positives when you score that many goals. So we'll have to be aware of that (Friday). Maybe, unlike what we've seen from seemingly stable leads in this year's playoffs, they could hang on and win in regulation? "I think me and (Sidney Crosby) always feel pressure every game". They're a team that's been through it. "They've been here. So, they know a thing or two about composure as well". The difference, obviously, is that the Senators and Ducks don't have options like Matt Murray.
Ottawa has shown all season it is a resilient team. They're now without their top two offensive defencemen in Kris Letang and Justin Schultz, and they're playing a team that makes it especially hard on opponents who don't have someone well suited to slogging the puck through Ottawa's neutral zone quicksand.
Wilson: "We want to break through".