Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 6-2 score in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a five-game series win.
Brenden Morrow got the Penguins' offense going in the first period on a deflection goal. From there, the Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period, never leading by less than two goals for the remainder of the game.
James Neal had a hat trick and carried his team offensively.
Craig Anderson, brilliant throughout the regular season, ended the season with back-to-back six goal outings.
Penguins 6, Senators 2. Final Score.
When it came down to it, the Penguins just had more in the tank on offense in this series than the Senators did. This wasn't surprising as the Penguins put up 168 goals in the regular season and another 25 goals in the first round.
The Senators had one of the best defenses coming into this series, giving up just nine goals in the first round.
But the Senators didn't have what it took to stop the Penguins in this series, as players like Gonchar and Cowen were lit up in Game 4 and Game 5.
Gonchar finished minus-two in tonight's game (going minus-four in Game 4) while Cowen finished minus-three in this game (despite having an assist at even strength). Cowen was a minus-two in Game 4.
Penguins 6, Senators 2. Final Score.
That's the game. The Penguins overpower the Senators by a 6-2 score.
Penguins 6, Senators 2. 1:10 remaining, third period.
Senators go to the power play for what is a meaningless man advantage.
Crowd is finally on their feet and cheering, only took them all game.
Penguins 6, Senators 2. 2:39 remaining, third period.
James Neal scores to complete his hat trick. Neal undressed Erik Karlsson on the curl-and-drag move there at the end of the rush.
That will pretty much do it for this one.
The Penguins will be moving on and hosting the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Penguins 5, Senators 1. 8:53 remaining, third period.
James Neal scores his second of the game and the Penguins now lead 5-1.
With game -- and series out of reach -- I may not play Cooke again if I'm Bylsma. Because this where something could happen.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 25, 2013
Penguins 4, Senators 1. 9:30 remaining, third period.
Ottawa is about to be the 9th team to be eliminated from the playoffs.— Chris Wassel (@ChrisWasselTHW) May 25, 2013
Senators can't convert on a power play after Matt Cooke took a slashing penalty. Time is running out for the Sens although they have been coming on offensively with a couple of chances.
Penguins 4, Senators 1. 13:47 remaining, third period.
Ottawa is being out-shot 6-0 in this period. They've been completely taken off of their game, meaning that the Penguins just have to wrap this game up and take it home.
There's been some crazy comebacks in the playoffs so far, but the Senators' desire seems to be to take dumb penalties instead of get in offensively and test Vokoun.
This game is essentially summed up in this tweet.
However, don't expect the "pesky" Sens to give up the ghost in terms of roughing penalties for the rest of this period.
Penguins 4, Senators 1. 16:09 remaining, third period.
Chris Neil trying to get his team going here in the third period, but he takes a roughing penalty in front of the net for taking down Douglas Murray in front of the Penguins' goal.
The Senators lack of discipline in this game has cost them this series.
The penalty to Alfredsson expires. Ottawa needs a goal to get going in the third period.
Penguins 4, Senators 1. 19:20 remaining, third period.
Daniel Alfredsson takes a minor penalty for hooking. Penguins with a chance to put another nail in the coffin.
Penguins 4, Senators 1. 20:00 remaining, third period.
Third period is underway here in Pittsburgh.
Penguins 4, Senators 1. Second intermission.
The Senators are falling apart from their defense outwards. That second period featured another minus-two from the Gonchar-Cowen pairing, with Cowen being out there for the power-play goal as well.
Anderson was very solid in the regular season with a 1.69 GAA and a 94.1 save percentage. In the playoffs, his GAA is almost a full goal higher at 2.66 GAA. He isn't being given any help by his defense and the goals have dried up for the Sens' offense.
Penguins 4, Senators 1. 29 seconds remaining, second period.
Chris Kunitz and Kyle Turris go to the box for matching minor penalties. Jean-Gabriel Pageau almost scores at one end and Evgeni Malkin comes in and scores to make it 4-1!
That Ottawa goal has created an uneasy buzz in Pittsburgh's arena. The Penguins still have full control of this game, but another Senators' goal would really start bringing back flashbacks of Game 3 where Ottawa tied the game with under a minute to go.
Penguins 3, Senators 1. 3:42 remaining, second period.
Michalek buries the puck for the Senators on the tail end of the Douglas Murray delay of game penalty. The power play had expired, but the Sens have life!
Penguins 3, Senators 0. 5:43 remaining, second period.
The reason the Penguins looked so vulnerable in the first round against the Islanders was that the Penguins' defense was brutal, getting beaten off of the rush on a consistent basis.
Against the Senators over the past four periods, that defense has risen to the challenge and clamped down on the Ottawa forwards. This defense is a big reason that the Senators are behind 3-0 on the scoreboard.
The Penguins are finally living up to their hype on offense, meaning that the Senators (and any other team that plays them from here on out) are in big trouble if they can keep this up.
Penguins 3, Senators 0. 7:12 remaining, second period.
Malkin goes off for holding to nullify the rest of the Penguins' power play, but Kris Letang scores on the 4-on-4 situation!
Penguins 2, Senators 0. 8:45 remaining, second period.
Two teams exchanging pleasantries here with multiple scrums. It is fairly obvious that the Penguins are starting to get under the Senators' skin, as the Sens trail by two goals.
Chris Neil to the box here for roughing.
Chris Neil's needless penalty puts Pens back on the power play. Lack of discipline a big problem for Sens in this series. #THNLive— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 25, 2013
That was a power-play goal for the Penguins, emphasizing the increasing importance of the Senators' failing penalty kill.
The Senators had the top-ranked penalty kill in the regular season at 88.0 percent, but the Sens are sitting at just 80.0 percent right now in the playoffs, giving up a power play goal on their first penalty of the night.
Penguins 2, Senators 0. 12:22 remaining, second period.
James Neal puts the Penguins up 2-0 after a weird bounce that banked off of Craig Anderson's skate and lay in the crease.
Neal capitalized on the loose change, poking the puck into the goal.
Penguins 1, Senators 0. 13:54 remaining, second period.
Pageau goes for interference and Pens go to PP for the second time tonight.— Scott Burnside (@ESPN_Burnside) May 25, 2013
Jean-Gabriel Pageau gets the gate for interference. Senators will be shorthanded for two minutes or less.
Penguins 1, Senators 0. 15:00 remaining, second period.
under way here in second, OTT looks a bit stronger here through first 4 minutes— Shawn Roarke (@sroarke_nhl) May 25, 2013
The Penguins continue to have success moving the puck in the Senators' end. Couple of penalties go uncalled on both sides, but that seems to be the theme of the playoffs recently.
Senators need to find ways to get the puck over the Penguins' blue line and maintain control of the puck instead of losing it each and every time.
The Senators have been most successful when they have gotten to the net and forced second and third opportunities off of the pads of Vokoun.
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