Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators: Penguins Power Their Way Past Senators 5-2

Dominic Errico@SteelCityVoiceCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 9:  Mark Letestu #10 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third period goal against the Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy Center on October 9, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Canadiens defeated the Penguins 3-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins (4-3) came out on fire in this Eastern Conference matchup against their playoff rivals, the Ottawa Senators (1-4-1).

The much maligned powerplay, which showed signs of life towards the end of the Penguins last game against Philadelphia was on fire in this one.  Mark Letestu continued his amazing start to the 2010 season by scoring his fourth goal on a nasty slapshot to score the Penguins first powerplay goal of the evening.

Five minutes later, Sidney Crosby scored the second powerplay goal of the night when the puck bounced out from behind the net directly to his stick for an easy tally.

The Penguins weren't done with their first period scoring.  Ottawa won the draw, but the puck bounced towards their own goal and Evgeni Malkin dove for the puck tapping it past Ottawa's stunned goaltender, Brian Elliott.

In the second period, Ottawa scored on a powerplay goal when Daniel Alfredsson ripped a puck from the left circle past Brent Johnson who had slid a bit out of position.

Ottawa did seem to pick up some momentum. However, two quick Penguin goals by Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang just 25 seconds apart gave the Penguins a 5-1 lead which chased Elliott from the game.

At this point the Pens seemed content to play shutdown defense and get out of the game with a big conference win.

The improbable run for Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson continued as he stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.  Many of the saves were spectacular as he kept Ottawa from creeping closer.  He also improved his record to 4-0 on the season and, in the process, continues to make it easier for Dan Byslma to continue to give him more starts in goal in place of the regular starter Marc Andre-Fleury.

All in all, the Penguins have shown improvement over the first seven games of the season and are showing signs of being a dominant force in the Eastern Conference yet again this year.  We definitely have much to look forward to in the next game on Thursday night in Nashville.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to post your opinions on tonight's game.