The Pittsburgh Penguins have been taking the Ottawa Senators to task. The Pens lead the series 3-1 and are looking to finish off the Sens in-game 5 following a convincing 7-3 win in game 4. After loosing game three, a game that went just short of 90 minutes; Pittsburgh was beaten in the second overtime by a Colin Greening backhand. The Penguins went into game 4 firing on all cylinders, and for the second time in the series Ottawa’s Craig Anderson was chased from goal. If the Senators have any chance of extending this series past game five they need to find better goaltending. Pittsburgh however, only needs to repeat game one and game 4 to move on.
1st period: No goals
Shots on goal: Pittsburgh 12 . Ottawa 8
2nd period: Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy puts the Penguins up 1-0
Shots on goal: Pittsburgh 11. Ottawa 10
3rd period: Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson tied the game on a SHG
Shots on goal: Pittsburgh 9. Ottawa 10
1st OT: No goals
Shots on goal: Pittsburgh 13. Ottawa 14
2nd OT: Colin Greening scores the GWG on a backhand at the 7:39 mark.
Shots on goal: Pittsburgh 5. Ottawa 6
Game 3 Key Stats
Hits: Pittsburgh 36. Ottawa 47
Giveaways: Pittsburgh 7. Ottawa 20
Power Play: Pittsburgh 0/6. Ottawa 0/3
Despite the Senators giving away the puck 20 times they found a way to sneak out a win. Game three may have gotten the Senator’s a stay of execution; going down 3-0 would have been the nail in the coffin. But, it took over 87 minutes to get that stay. If this was Ottawa’s very best it is not going to be good enough.
Game four was a close game until the third period started. Only 1:59 into the third Pittsburgh James Neal scored a power play goal to give the Penguins a 4-2 advantage. The Penguins never looked back. By the time the third came to its end Pittsburgh had put up four third period goals ( 2PPG, 1SHG, and Sidney Crosby tossed one in for good measure). Ottawa was out skated and out played when it mattered most. They had a chance to tie the series up at 2-2, and fell short. The mark of a championship team is playing under pressure. After the Second period Ottawa was only down by one goal. However they never seemed to get their legs under them in the third.
Game 4 Scoring Recap
2nd period: All Pittsburgh to start. The Penguins score two goals in 1:48 to go up 3-2. Pittsburgh never trailed again. Chris Kunits (2-2), Jarome Iginla (GW)
3rd period: Flood gates opened. Neal, Iginla PPG’s, Sidney Crosy, Pascal Dupuis SHG for the Penguins, Ottawa’s Alfredson tips one in for a PPG.
Final score Pittsburgh 7 Ottawa 3
Game five is coming up, and I think it will end this series. I still have the Penguins in five. It is highly unlikely that the Senators can win three games in a row ; so this series is essentially over. The only question is does it end in five or six? I think we are looking at a Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins Eastern Conference Finals.
Topics: Boston Bruins, Colin Greening, Craig Anderson, Daniel Alfredsson, James Neal, Jarome Iginla, Kyle Turris, Milian Michalck, NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ottawa Senators, Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy