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The Penguins required 25:09 of extra time to defeat the Ottawa in game seven, but they dominated the Senators in play-by-play contributions by a significant 84%.
Other than the Penguin blow out in game five, it was only the second game in the series where the Penguins defensive contributions exceeded those of the Senators, by almost a three to one margin.
Offensively in game seven, the Penguins generated 72% more offense, 212% more great offensive plays, and were 42% more efficient offensively than the Senators (42% less weighted turnovers).
In the series, the Penguins earned a 34% play-by-play advantage over Ottawa, and it still took them seven games and double overtime to overcome the stubborn Senators.
The Rangers enjoyed a 26% advantage and lost in six games to the Senators. Without diving into the specifics, Craig Anderson, Ottawa systems and a small measure of luck almost overcame these performance deficits and carried the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final.
As the Senators look forward to next season, it will be difficult to squeeze much more out of Anderson or their systems, so increasing contributions from their players, or replacing them with higher contributors, on offense and on defense, will be the key to future success….. or just hope everyone gets worse!
1. Chris Kunitz not only scored the overtime goal sending the Penguins to the Finals, but he also had a great all-around game to lead all forwards in game seven. He more than doubled up on his series average and improved on his next best game in the series by 122%.
2. Connor Sheary and 3. Sidney Crosby were close in the second spot. Sheary was excellent offensively after being scratched for a few games and 136% better than his next best game in the series. Crosby contributed just above his regular season average and was excellent on offense and good on defense.
1. Trevor Daley continued to occupy the Penguins top spot on the Penguins blueline in the absence of Letang. He led the group offensively and was again well above his regular season defensive performance.
2. Olli Maatta and 3. Ian Cole were close in second, with Cole and Hainsey leading defensively while Maatta’s game was well balanced between offense and defense.
Justin Shultz scored a huge power play goal that only a handful of defenseman score on a regular basis, but he had some struggles defensively after returning from injury.
1. Mark Stone and 2. Bobby Ryan roughly doubled up the contributions of the next group of Ottawa forwards. Ryan led offensively and Stone led all forwards defensively.
3. Kyle Turris was at the front of the next group of Senator forwards, performing at the same level as his series average, and 22% above his performance vs the Rangers.
1. Erik Karlsson was exceptional again, leading all Ottawa players in contribution. He displayed elite skill on both Senator goals and it was his strongest offensive game of the series.
2. Cody Ceci was just above his series average and led the Ottawa blueline defensively, even though he was almost 4 times back of Karlsson in overall contributions.
3. Frederick Claesson was a distance back of both Karlsson and Ceci but showed a steady performance climb as the playoffs and series rolled along.
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