The Ottawa Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, to reach the Western Conference Final for the second consecutive season and extend their playoff streak to six games.
After winning the first four games of the series with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers, Ottawa was up 3-0 in the second period when Tyler Parsons scored his fourth goal of the postseason.
Ottawa’s goal tied the game with under five minutes to play.
But Pittsburgh scored twice in a span of six seconds to tie the game and advance.
The Senators, who have lost five straight games, improved to 9-3-2 all-time against Pittsburgh.
“The players are just so talented, they can do so many things,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said.
“They’re a real good hockey team.
You look at their history.
They’ve got to be able to compete against those teams and that’s what they did tonight.
I thought we were very good.
The way we played tonight, I thought the way we handled it, we got it done.”
The Senators’ next game is Friday night at Philadelphia.