The Ottawa Senators drew first blood against Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Eastern Conference final opener.
Overtime was needed in Pittsburgh as the Senators prevailed 2-1 away from home on Saturday.
The Rangers, Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs all are included on Ilya Kovalchuk’s NHL wish list, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported, noting there’s still nothing close on the Russian scorer’s return to North America. The Devils are said to be eyeing a sign-and-trade deal should Kovalchuk leave the KHL, but that’s not a certainty yet.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie was up and at ’em bright and early this morning, unleashing an epic tweet thread with a number of expected signings. These all come with the caveat that each deal is a verbal agreement and nothing is finalized until noon ET, but here’s what we know so far:
Bobby Ryan was the game-one hero at PPG Paints Arena, settling the contest five minutes into OT.
Phil Niekro Elite Jersey Ryan moved past Olli Maatta before firing a shot beyond Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Penguins had restored parity with less than six minutes remaining in the third period, when Evgeni Malkin – who leads the NHL with 19 playoff points – tipped the puck through Craig Anderson’s legs.
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Earlier, Jean-Gabriel Pageau gave the Senators a 1-0 lead 14:32 into the opening period.
Game two of the best-of-seven series is on Monday.