One of the most underrated aspects of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators Eastern Conference Final series is the contrast between coaches Mike Sullivan and Guy Boucher. You have one famous for turning the Pittsburgh Penguins into a high-octane fast-skating team, and the other infamous for grafting the 1-3-1 defensive system onto the Senators’ skeleton like boring adamantium. You have one who sounds like a classic rock station when he talks, and the other who sounds like an emo song.
PITTSBURGH -- Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL. The Ottawa goaltender would like to chalk his 45-save masterpiece in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh up to his own brilliance. He knows that's not exactly the case. "I think you need to be a little bit lucky to be good at times," Anderson said. Ottawa has relied on a bit of both during its deepest playoff run in a decade and Anderson helped force Game 7 Thursday night. Yet here the Senators are, alive and still skating with a chance to eliminate the deeper, more experienced and more explosive Stanley Cup champions. So much for the series being over after
Magnus Hellberg, the once-touted netminder that came to New York from Nashville two years ago, has reportedly left North America to join the KHL’s Chinese club, Red Star Kunlun. The deal, per Russian news outlet R-Sport, is of the one-year variety and it comes after Hellberg appeared in a pair of games for the Rangers last season, spending most of his time in AHL Hartford. As mentioned above, Hellberg came into the NHL with some fanfare.