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Stanley Cup playoffs: Penguins shake off frustration, injuries to take game two

16 May 2017 05:44

A third-period goal from Phil Kessel lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a series-levelling 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators in the NHL playoffs.

Kessel's breakthrough came with six minutes, 55 seconds remaining in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Evgeni Malkin flicked a pass to Kessel, who skated into the high slot and unloaded a wrister that trickled under the left pad of Craig Anderson.

Anderson is expected to come through with the save on Kessel's shot, but he otherwise made 28 saves in a pristine performance.

Kessel, who had been visibly frustrated during game two, now has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 14 games these playoffs.

The Penguins, shorthanded after losing forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Justin Schultz to injury on big hits earlier in the game, survived a flurry of late chances from the Senators and Kessel's goal stood as the game winner.

The win saw Marc-Andre Fleury become the 12th goalie in NHL history to record 10 career postseason shutouts with his 23-save showing.

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