Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 2: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
Game 2 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators is over, and Sidney Crosby is the clear-cut first star after scoring a hat trick.
Evgeni Malkin also extended his point streak to eight games. After Sid was held pointless in the first game, he posted three goals tonight, and the Penguins were flying all game long. They forced the Senators to take multiple penalties and put a lot of pressure on both of Ottawa's goalies.
Craig Anderson ended up on the bench after a few minutes of play in the second period, chased by a relentless Crosby. Robin Lehner stood tall, but the Sens couldn't find enough offense to force this game to overtime.
Pittsburgh dominated in the shots category, racking up a whopping 42. The Pens now take a 2-0 series lead to Ottawa.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (FINAL)
Crosby was obviously the first star of the night, but Pittsburgh's offense was firing on all cylinders tonight. Iginla looked hungry, Neal was making outstanding plays along the boards and Malkin was outstanding.
The Senators just cannot continue to give the Pens so many chances on the power play. Not only do the Pens score too many goals that way, but it also kills a lot of forward motion for the Sens.
Erik Karlsson looked very human tonight, and one has to wonder if he's banged up in some way.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (FINAL)
Penguins lead the series 2-0.
One minute to play. Lehner trying to get to the bench.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (2:48 3rd Period)
Ottawa's PK have been solid so far. Killed off another one.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (3:48 3rd Period)
Pens haven't been able to get into the zone yet. Halfway through their power play.
Penguins back on the power play. Sixth chance with the extra man for Pittsburgh.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (5:11 3rd Period)
Lehner just beat Iginla to a loose puck way out at the top of the circles, preventing a breakaway. Haven't seen a goalie do that in a while. Kind of Hasek-like. Except Lehner is like, 6'6''.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (7:44 3rd Period)
Lehner came into a tough situation here and has handled himself well. There are some young twenty-somethings that would perhaps be a bit intimidated by the offensive prowess of the Pens.
Not this guy.
Lehner just ROBBED Malkin at the netmouth. What a save.
Neal hijacked the puck from Chris Phillips, slid a cross-ice pass to Geno and that was an incredible stop.
Penguins are leading in third period shots, 7-3.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (9:26 3rd Period)
Feels like a quick period so far. Already halfway over.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (10:32 3rd Period)
Penguins top line getting some slow and methodical pressure. Lehner forced to make a big save on Kunitz.
(12:58 3rd Period)
Malkin-Neal-Iginla has been firing the puck all night. Those poor Ottawa goalies.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (13:49 3rd Period)
Senators suddenly have a lot of jump. They've had several good chances.
Pens are pushing back as well, but at least Ottawa is counter-punching now.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (15:26 3rd Period)
Back at even strength. Good kill by the Pens.
Just been one shot and clear for the Sens so far. 20 seconds left in the kill.
The Senators goal was scored by Jean-Gabriel Pageau, for the record.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (16:31 3rd Period)
Ottawa heading on the power play now, and suddenly this game (and series) is at a crossroads.
Penguins 4, Senators 3 (17:38 3rd Period)
Wild goalmouth scramble and the Senators grab a goal early. It's back to a one-goal game.
The third period is underway.
Will the Senators pushback?
Will the Penguins hit 50 shots?
Will Iginla score that goal that he seems so hungry for?
All these questions will be answered within the next 20 minutes.
Jarome Iginla has seven shots in this game through two periods. Think he's feeling it yet? Yowza.
Some key stats through two periods:
Pittsburgh leads in shots, 33-16.
Ottawa is outhitting the Penguins 30-13.
Ottawa has managed to close the faceoff gap, but Pittsburgh still leads 23-22.
Pittsburgh is 1/5 on the power play through two periods, while Ottawa is 1/1.
Senators will need to come up with a special effort in the third period to even this game in the series. It just hasn't been a good night for Ottawa overall.
They haven't been able to slow down Crosby.
Vokoun has looked much better as the game has worn on, and Karlsson has been a non-factor. At least in his offensive zone.
Penguins 4, Senators 2 (End of the 2nd Period)
Second period is over.
Penguins 4, Senators 2 (:19 2nd Period)
It's east to forget that Crosby is doing what he's doing tonight with a titanium plate holding his jaw together. Find me a baseball player. Just one.
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