NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Pittsburgh|
(Tuesday, May 14th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin continued his stellar
postseason play with a goal and an assist, as the top-seeded Pittsburgh
Penguins handled the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, in Game 1 of this Eastern
Conference semifinal from CONSOL Energy Center.
Malkin registered at least one point in all six games of Pittsburgh's first-
round victory over the New York Islanders and added two more in Tuesday's
triumph to push his point total to 13 (3G, 10A).
Tomas Vokoun posted his third straight victory since replacing Marc-Andre
Fleury prior to Game 5 against the Isles. The veteran netminder made 35 saves
Tuesday and has turned away 101-of-105 shots since taking over between the
"Vokoun, since he's come in, he's been great," Pittsburgh forward Jarome
Iginla said. "You can tell he's feeling good, and I think it's definitely a
good situation to have as a team when you have two confident goaltenders like
Chris Kunitz also notched a goal and an assist, with Paul Martin and Pascal
Dupuis potting the other goals for the Penguins, who finished 2-for-4 on the
power play and added a short-handed goal in the victory.
Colin Greening scored the lone Ottawa goal, while Craig Anderson was tagged
for all four goals on 30 shots for the Senators, who upended the second-seeded
Montreal Canadiens in five games to reach the second round.
"The difference of the game is obviously the execution of their power play,"
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean lamented. "And giving up a shorthanded goal
accentuates our special-teams play much more."
Game 2 of this series is scheduled for Friday in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's power-play unit went to work early after Ottawa center Kyle
Turris was whistled for high-sticking just 1:12 into the contest.
On the ensuing man advantage, Martin rifled a low shot from the right point
that deflected off Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen in front and skipped past the
right pad of Anderson past a Brenden Morrow screen to make it 1-0 at the 2:41
Ottawa answered just over two minutes later when Erik Condra flipped a
backhander on net from the left corner that snuck between the post and the pad
of Vokoun and sat in the crease before Greening pounded it home at 4:51.
But it was all Pittsburgh from there, as the Pens scored three unanswered
goals, starting with Malkin's marker at 12:15.
James Neal started the play with a steal behind the Ottawa net before sliding
a pass to Kunitz on the short left boards. Kunitz then found Malkin with
position in front and the Pittsburgh center one-touched the disc into the back
of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Pittsburgh's power play struck again late in the second after Cory Conacher
was called for holding at 17:57.
Less than a minute into the advantage, Iginla was denied on a backhand attempt
from the low right side, but Kunitz was there on the doorstep to clean up the
mess, giving the Penguins a 3-1 lead with 1:27 remaining.
Skating shorthanded just past the midpoint of the third, Dupuis and Matt
Cooke raced in on a 2-on-1 rush and Dupuis patiently made his way into the low
left circle before rifling a wrister that beat Anderson high to the short side
to give the Penguins a comfortable three-goal lead with 8:36 remaining.
This is the fourth all-time playoff series between the clubs. Ottawa won
the first encounter in the 2007 Eastern quarterfinals, before Pittsburgh
ousted the Sens from the first round by a sweep in 2008 and in 2010 after six
games ... Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba left the game in the second period with
an upper-body injury and did not return ... Anderson and Vokoun were teammates
with the Florida Panthers from 2007-09 ... Iginla finished with an assist to
extend his postseason point streak to seven games ... Dupuis' goal pushed his
point streak to seven games.
05/15 01:26:50 ET