Senators Lose 4-3 to Penguins

The Penguins didn’t waste any time flexing their muscles in this one.  Pittsburgh came out flying, dominating play and putting the Senators back on their heels.  Then, at 3:16 of the first, this happened.

Not the opening 10 minutes Paul MacLean was hoping for as his team was thoroughly outclassed.

But after Evgeni Malkin was called for holding, Kyle Turris scored his team-leading 4th goal of the playoffs on the power-play and made it 1-1.

Cue more Sidney Crosby.  During an odd-man rush, Crosby psyched out Craig Anderson, pretending to pass the puck cross ice.  Instead, he shot it on net and beat Anderson through the pads to give the Penguins the lead once again.

Pittsburgh outshot Ottawa 18-7 after 1 period.  And yes, that was indictative of the game.

The second period was just as crazy as the first.

On yet another power-play, Sidney Crosby completed the hat-trick, his 2nd career playoff hat-trick and first since May 4, 2009 to make it 3-1.  That spelled the end for Craig Anderson as he was pulled from the net by Coach MacLean to spark a change in momentum.  Robin Lehner came in for his first ever playoff appearance.

40 seconds later, Colin Greening closed the gap to one once again as he beat Tomas Vokoun short side, 3-2.

However, after a Guillaume Latendresse boarding call expired, Brenden Morrow deflected a Paul Martin shot by Robin Lehner and it was a 2-goal lead heading into the third.

It didn’t take the Senators long to get on the scoreboard in the final frame.  J-G Pageau scored 2:01 into the third as he found a loose puck in front of the Pittsburgh net and we had a game for the remaining 18 minutes.

But that’s all that Ottawa could muster as the Penguins held on for the 4-3 victory.

The Penguins outshot the Senators 42-22 and allowed just 1 shot by Ottawa in the final 8:14.  Pittsburgh had 6 power-play opportunities throughout the night, converting on 1 of them.

Game 3 is Sunday night at 7:30pm.

Daniel Alfredsson, Coach MacLean, Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner & Colin Greening (video – Senstv)



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