Karlsson exits Game 5 early with apparent ankle injury

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray made 25 saves and the defending champion Penguins moved within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals by routing Ottawa 7-0 in an National Hockey League playoff game on Sunday.

"They have a good ability to respond, so we're going to be challenged here in Game 6", said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who scored for the third straight and became the 22nd player in National Hockey League history to reach 100 career playoff assists when he sent a slick backhand no-look pass to Phil Kessel early in the third period. He snapped a three-game pointless drought in the process. Forward Derick Brassard and defenseman Cody Ceci also skipped the third period, leaving the final 20 minutes as little more than a glorified exhibition. Ben Harpur had dressed for the Sens as a seventh defenceman.

Game 6 is Monday night in Nashville.

The Penguins appeared to hit their stride during a 3-2 victory in Ottawa on Friday night in Game 4, playing with the kind of speed and intensity that fueled their run to the franchise's fourth Cup last June.

"He's closer but we thought every day we can buy time, we will", Boucher said on Sunday. They became the third team this postseason to lose by at least six goals. The defenseman who scored just once during the regular season zipped home his second in two games 8:14 into the first.

Austin Watson added an empty-net goal in the final minute, emphatically ending Anaheim's streak of seven consecutive Game 5 victories at home since 2011. "Just one of those bad days". Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley also scored for Pittsburgh.

The momentum Pittsburgh generated did more than carry over.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust returned to the lineup on Sunday, but the team was still not at full strength because defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Patric Hornqvist were ruled out with injuries, while forward Conor Sheary was a healthy scratch. Rowney had three assists for Pittsburgh. His truck broke down on the way to the rink.



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