Phil Kessel scores winner as Penguins beat Senators 1-0
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson allows the game-winning goal by Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel during the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 15, 2017. The Penguins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Shelly Anderson, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, May 15, 2017 11:41PM EDT
PITTSBURGH - Phil Kessel scored at 13:05 of the third period to break up a goaltending duel and give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final Monday night at PPG Paints Arena.
That gives the teams a 1-1 split heading to Ottawa for the next two games. Game 3 is Wednesday.
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves to earn his second shutout of the playoffs, and second in three games, as well as the 10th of his career in the post-season.
Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson also was strong, stopping 28-of-29 Pittsburgh shots.
Kessel scored on his own rebound from the slot after his initial shot was blocked by Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
Kessel had gone three games with no points and had just one point, a goal, in his previous five games.
From late in the second period until after Kessel scored, the Senators went 18:53 without a shot, before Fleury stopped one by Zack Smith.
Pittsburgh, already playing without winger Patric Hornqvist after he left warmups early, was undermanned most of the game after it lost two players to injuries in the first period.
Top-line winger Bryan Rust left after he took a big hit from Ottawa defenceman Dion Phaneuf and fell backward hard onto the ice. A little later, defenceman Justin Schultz appeared to hurt his right arm or shoulder going into the end boards behind the Penguins net.
Neither play resulted in a penalty.
There was no immediate update on the injured players.
The Penguins made shooting more a priority coming into Game 2. They didn't get to that early on, trailing in shots 10-8 after the first.
Pittsburgh picked things up over the course of the second period and led in shots 20-16 going into the third, but to no avail, thanks to Anderson.