The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.
The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Olli Maatta, Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin scored to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead 11:30 into the second period.
Dumoulin on his goal: "It was nice to be on the other end of a fortunate bounce. I was hoping for some luck." pic.twitter.com/bWOoDXbrKi
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 20, 2017
However, Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt scored for the Senators as they staged a comeback.
It was too little too late though – the Penguins closed out the game with some brave defending in the final seconds.
Speaking afterwards, Crosby praised his team’s commitment to the cause.
“I think our desperation was a little bit higher,” the 29-year-old Pittsburgh skipper said.
“That’s something last game (a 5-1 loss Wednesday) that we felt wasn’t there.
“That was kind of a point of emphasis for us going into this game, a better start and a little more desperation in our game, and with that we got some good results.”