Beyond The Benches

Penguins Murray Talks Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins have forced a second straight series Game 7 to decide who will go on to face the Nashville Predators for the Stanley Cup Finals. Tonight the Penguins battle the Ottawa Senators to see who will be named Eastern Conference Champions at PPG Paints Arena at 8 p.m.

Over the past three games, the Penguins have outshot the Senators, 117-81. That statistic might just mean the determining factor are the netminders.

“In times like these you kinda get back to basics,” Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray said on the pending Game 7. “You worry about the fundamentals and the simple things, try not to think too much.”

Senators Craig Anderson’s dominate performance in Game 6 making 45 saves in Ottawa’s 2-1 win surely will make him the man to watch in between the pipes. The 36-year-old Senators starter has only let up once in four of the six games against the Penguins during this series stopping 167 of 178 shots.

Who goes on to play for the cup? Historically the home teams are 98-70 in Game 7s, but who tallies the first goal has won almost 75% of the time.