Senators Lose 4-1 to Penguins

The Penguins came out firing on all cylinders to in the first period Tuesday night.  Pittsburgh trapped the Senators in their own end, getting chance after chance, only to be stymied by Craig Anderson.  Unfortunately for Ottawa, the constant pressure forced them into an early penalty which the Penguins took advantage of.

At 2:41, Paul Martin’s shot from the point hit a player’s glove in front and by Anderson to make it 1-0.  After Colin Greening tied it 2:10 later by banging a loose puck past the goal line, Evgeni Malkin was the recipient of a gift from a Jared Cowen turnover, finishing a tic-tac-toe and restoring the 1 goal lead.

The second period was a different story as the Senators adapted their game.  Ottawa controlled most of the period, preventing Pittsburgh from penetrating the offensive zone and gave them trouble even leaving their own.  But after Cory Conacher was called for holding, Chris Kunitz scored his 3rd goal of the post-season with less than 2 minutes left to increase the lead to 2.  Despite being outplayed, the Penguins held a comfortable lead heading into the final frame.

Pittsburgh put it away while the Senators were on the power-play.  An unsuccessful pinch by Erik Karlsson led to a 2 on 1 for the Penguins.  Pascal Dupuis elected to shoot, picking the top corner over Anderson’s shoulder and it was 4-1.

That’s the way it finished as the Penguins took Game 1 of the best of 7 series.

The Senators outshot Pittsburgh 36-30 and won 55 percent of the faceoffs.  But it was special teams that determined victory as the Penguins scored twice on the power-play and once on the penalty kill.  Ottawa will need to avoid taking penalties in order to keep up.

Notes:

Eric Gryba left the game in the 2nd period with an upper body injury after a collision with Brooks Orpik.

Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson, Marc Methot & Coach MacLean (Senstv – video)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=248438

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