The red light behind the Penguins' goal was conspicuously dark to start Game 4 — especially compared to the rapid-fire opening of Game 3 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Penguins goaltender Matt Murray took over for Marc-André Fleury. His steady netminding was enough to give Pittsburgh fans hope after Wednesday's blow out.
Try to remember those good Game 3 feelings — because things began to take a turn at the end of the first period.
The Penguins' Olli Maatta opened up the scoring.
Fans were hoping the Sens would keep it together and get back on their feet in the second period.
Horrible end to the period :( #Sens have just got to focus and get back in it. They've come back from worse.— @KatherinePisana
But there was also some bad blood brewing, as Sens and Pens fans both vented their frustration at the officials for missed calls in the first period.
The Penguins gained a man advatange after Jean-Gabriel Pageau drew a penalty.
And somehow — wait. Why is Sidney Crosby hanging out by himself by the net?
That turned out to be a bad idea.
Then bad turned to worse and a shot from Penguins defender Brian Dumoulin bounced off of Dion Phaneuf's skate giving the Penguins a 3-0 lead.
Puck goes in off the skate of Dion Phaneuf. Malkin turns around and makes sure he knows it pic.twitter.com/Lk7q1uGl9l— @BradyTrett
Just as it was starting to look like Murray couldn't be solved, the Senators' Bobby Ryan snapped a dizzying pass to Clarke MacArthur who popped the puck into the net. His third goal of the playoffs was the Sens' first of the night.
HOW DID HE pic.twitter.com/2LU5lb9Keq— @NHLonNBCSports
Somehow, after more than half a period of the Penguins playing a defensive game that some could call boring, the Senators break through and make it a one-goal game.
With that last-minute push, it looked like anything could be possible for the Sens. The Canadian Tire Centre came back to life.
Alas, the rally came up short.
Huh. I didn't know it was an option to not tie it.— @BonksMullet
The Eastern Conference final series is now tied, 2-2.