Coach Dan Bylsma admits there is a challenge for his team heading into Game 6 in Ottawa on Saturday -- namely rising to the occasion. The Penguins were unable to send the Senators packing Thursday night, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker in triple overtime at Mellon Arena.
Now, the team that can recover both physically and emotionally first will have the edge, while the Pens still hold the advantage in the series, leading 3-2.
"It is a great challenge for both teams to reset emotionally in very short order after a hard-fought game," Bylsma said. "We travel and play Game 6 and that can be a difficult thing to do. You have to reset emotionally and reset where you're at with your mindset and how you want to play. That goes for both teams.
"Our guys battled long and hard in this one," he said. "We did a lot of good things; we fired a lot of pucks at this guy (Pascal Leclaire). They fought hard and they earned themselves a chance to go back to Ottawa for Game 6.
"We have to get our mindset right and get ready to go back to Ottawa as well and play our very best."