PITTSBURGH -- Brian Elliott is determined to come back strong.
After allowing four goals on 21 shots in the club’s 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday at Mellon Arena, the Ottawa goalie wants to bounce back with a stronger outing.
The Senators will be trying to grab a 2-0 lead before the series shifts back to Scotiabank Place Sunday. Elliott said he doesn't expect another high-scoring affait like the nine-goal outing in Game 1.
“I think it will be a different game,” said Elliott. “Both teams (penalty killing) will be a little stronger. Overall, once you know a team, you know how to stop it.
“It will be a little tighter. We’ll see how it works. I know I want to make a few more stops. I don’t want to allow four goals.”
Elliott, who is unbeaten in three career games against the Penguins, is glad to have his first playoff game under his belt.
“It makes a difference, just knowing what you get yourself into. Just having a lead in the series, that's the biggest thing,” said Elliott. “Especially on the road. If we win (Game 2), we give ourselves a good chance.”
Coach Cory Clouston was also happy to see Elliott get the win.
“I thought he played very well at times,” said Clouston.
The Penguins could make one change by inserting Michael Rupp in place of the struggling Ruslan Fedotenko.
“He’s created offensive zone time, big hits (and) being that guy with speed in the neutral zone when pucks are behind the defence and crashing in there and being a big body,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.
Elsewhere, as reported by the Sun Monday, the Senators have confirmed they have called up winger Jonathan Cheechoo to bolster their injury-depleted lineup. Wingers Milan Michalek, Alex Kovalev and defenceman Filip Kuba have all suffered season ending injuries in the past few weeks.
Cheechoo will be in Ottawa and available to play.