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Pens' loss to Sens hurts

I love playoff hockey.

I really love overtime playoff hockey.

I'm convinced there's nothing better.

But it stinks when you invest three overtimes in watching a game and see the Penguins fall short.

So Thursday's 4-3 triple-overtime heartbreaker isn't the end of their series with the Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh still is in control with a  3-2 lead.

But now I'm worried.

Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire stopped about 1,327 shots in the nearly six periods of hockey at Mellon Arena. Or did it just seem like it?

For a guy that hadn't seen much action and was making his first postseason start in the NHL, it was an impressive game.

It was as impressive as the Penguins' start to the game was sloppy.

They were down 2-0 before the NFL draft even got interesting. That the Pens rallied was good. It was even better when they led 3-2 in the third period.

Instead, they head back to Ottawa on weary legs looking to close out a team that's found new life.

Hopefully, they can win there again. I'd hate to see a Game 7 where anything can happen.


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